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Old 03-25-2010, 01:53 AM   #16
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I like you... I think its the whole "pointy-clicky" thing.

Old 03-25-2010, 02:05 AM   #17
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Well I can not give you step by step as I use Ubuntu. I do not use PCLinuxOS and do not think will ever use. If you are really curious of using Linux, go for Ubuntu. It will install open office by default.
And I do not know the menus in your distribution. You might want to tell us that. Or want to search your menus for something like that says Synaptic Package Manager. Under Ubuntu, it is under System > Administration.
Once the Synaptic starts, there is a search box where in you can type the name of the package or the description or anything related to your package that you want to search. It will list all the match your search. You can left click what you want to install and select Mark for installation. Then click apply to download and install what you selected.
This is what I can help without knowing what your distribution looks like. You can give the screen shot of the desktop. I can guess what your menus are from there.
Old 03-25-2010, 03:07 AM   #18
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I love this forum now. You guys rock! You offer solution and sarcasm at the same time
Old 03-25-2010, 04:56 AM   #19
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In Linux you do not download software for install.

PCLinuxOS 2009.2 ..
Please find "Synaptic" in the 'Menu' :
System > Configuration > Package Administration > Synaptic.
Open it, and push the button 'Reload' to have it updated.

Please see this tool like a catalog :
Choose one of the 11,892 packages, mark it, install it.
And please use the 'Search' window for e.g. OpenOffice.


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Old 03-25-2010, 05:55 AM   #20
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knudfl already described everything very clearly.
To make things even easier You can read this step-by-step tutorial ->
It contains lot of good images and not so much text (just like windows help) .

I still agree with lot of people on this forum and suggest as first distro Ubuntu. It have one of biggest communities out there and problem solving is much easier.

This is my first post and I haven't permissions to enter links. I hope admins wouldn't be very angry .
Old 03-25-2010, 08:04 AM   #21
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@rcr682k2 ..Dear I suggest you better install Fedora 12 or Ubuntu 9.10 .We can even upload images to guide you .We can guide you step by step on both these distributions.And there is lot of stuff available on internet and believe me installing a software in fedora is just a matter of a single command in fedora using yum.
Old 03-25-2010, 08:27 AM   #22
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Since we are getting into personal preferences here,

I'd suggest Linux Mint as a starter O/S - & it does indeed come with a users guide

that starts with downloading, installing the whole thing
& then goes into using the various menus....

and is based upon the ever popular Ubuntu O/S.

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Old 03-25-2010, 11:48 AM   #23
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wow. i have seen the same thing described 3 ways to you. early this morning i tried to show you a linuk on how to forge that showed a desktop POST setup which you said wasnt what you needed. it seemed you got very frustrated with everything. anyways, hope you get it figured out.
Old 03-25-2010, 05:54 PM   #24
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there are several different ways to install packages in all linux operating systems, but to address your first concern of WHY we use linux, the answers are simple: 1) Microsoft is a corporate giant based on making things simpler for the common population and i guess i will address my second point in the first by saying that this is at the expense of security. Windows is the easiest thing in the world to hack. And each new hack of some piece of windows produces all those pesky viruses that you get on that god forsaken os... but to get to the point, tarballs are hard to install for someone who is coming from windows, as they do not install themselves... but there are usually packages that will install themselves as well for your platform... if you are coming from a windows pc i would personally suggest trying an operating system like Ubuntu or Fedora (i personally use both of them)... but if you are expecting to be able to have complete support of all windows applications on linux, think again. There is a program called Wine, but getting it to work is a pain. It requires hours of configuration, and trying to get the proper .dll's for what you want it to do... its a real piece of work... but for everything that windows does, we have an application for each as well... but they dont usually come with the things that you take for granted from windows... i.e. MP3 support. there is a program that i would like you to take a look at to get your linux pc to do everything that you want it to... here is the link for it:

it is called easyLife, it install/configures your linux PC to do everything that you want it to... from mp3 support to reading and writing DVD's... but again, go with Fedora, we are at 12 and you can get the live cd from the website:

if you need additional applications after you install fedora, just google for the name of the application, then go to the terminal under applications>system tools>terminal and follow this code:


yum -y install application-name

and i forgot to add that the other way to install is to use the package manager. Almost every distro of linux has one, it can usually be found under the system tab (and i say almost because some distro's like Slackware, dont come with a "desktop" right off the bat)

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