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Old 01-27-2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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How to install?

The hardest thing to get used to so far with Linux is the installing of software manually. I keep downloading these tar.gz, jar, zip files, and some of them I can stumble across installing them. For the most part I'm just staring at a whole bunch of files I don't understand.
I know I have to extract the files before installing, but what do I do from there? Sometimes ./configure works and sometimes it doesn't. For instance. I downloaded the but I cant install it. And many more programs. Any advice would be much appreciated.

p.s. I have googled this question, but most of the sites (not all) tell you how to run the program, already assuming the one who did the downloading was smart enough to install the program with the source.
Old 01-27-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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What distribution are you running? Modern distributions have 10s of thousands of applications in their package repositories, so frankly, there is little reason to be installing things from source anymore (especially for a new Linux user).

If you have no choice but to install from source, then the best advice anyone can give you is to read the documentation that came with the software. There should always be a README or INSTALLING (something along those lines) file in with the source code that should give you the steps required to install the application.
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so frankly, there is little reason to be installing things from source anymore
while that's true:- a novice will always goto the app's site & get a direct D/L.

eg:- Firefox - they don't know that a tar.gz2 is a *.zip file that they can extract to a folder
& then run the script file.

They also don't know that they can add FF to their repository
- to always get the latest FF D/l.
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If you are running Ubuntu or its variants the easiest way is to use Synaptic package manager, you can search from there the software you want and see some info about it. It will also install the dependencies thing that the manual install wont do for you, plus it will only install the software that is totally compatible with your distribution.

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