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Old 01-26-2009, 12:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy How do you install downloaded content on Linux?

I just installed Fedora Core 2 Linux on my old home computer and I haven't had a lot of time to mess around with out. Although, I have tried to download a new web browser (Firefox), and some new themes, because I don't really like the default mozilla one and I can get the zip file downloaded to my computer, but I can't get it to install. Normally, the auto-installer starts, on Windows machines that is, but it doesn't on Linux. I would really appreciate anyones help on this. This is the first time I've had any trouble doing something on a computer and it is frustrating. Thanks for you help
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Old 01-26-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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Fedora Core 2 is old and unsupported (received last updates in April 2005), so you're likely to struggle to get anything reasonably modern to run/install on it.

Fedora's most recent incarnation is Fedora 10, which will come with much more up-to-date versions of software (including your browser which will be Firefox 3, I should imagine).

If you can't get a more up-to-date version of Fedora, there may be ways to upgrade through from Fedora Core 2 to Fedora Core 10, though it's akin to updating from Windows 2000 (SP1-4) through Windows XP (SP1-3) to Vista (SP0-1) - something I wouldn't want to try!
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Installing software on linux is different than windows.

There are several types of files that can be installed. For a distro like Fedora, the best and easy way is to set up online repositories, download .rpm files, and use rpm to install them. That will take care of all pre-reqs. Firefox may be on their repos, you would have to look.

You can also get programs like Firefox from Mozilla. Firefox from mozilla is compiled into binary files. Once downloaded, you will find the instructions to install it on Mozillas web site.

You said it was a .zip file? Are you sure you downloaded the linux version? zip files are usually for windblows. This link -->
has versions for winders, macs and linux. Get the linux version.
It should be a .tar.bz2 file.

This link -->

shows you how to install it.

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Old 01-26-2009, 01:09 PM   #5
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F10 does have a minimum hardware requirement, and it may not be viable on a really old system. There are other distributions that require much less in the way of hardware that may be more suited to your system. For example, DSL is quite minimal, but will, I believe, run Firefox.

If your system can boot from a CD, download a few of the available Live CDs for various distribution to find one that can work with your system. (Note: If you "burn" a Live CD iso image to a R/W CD, you can reuse it 'till you find one you like.)
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Smile Thanks

Thank all of you for your help and speedy response. I will try this stuff and hopefully it will work. Thanks again!!!


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