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Old 08-06-2004, 01:08 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Sri Lanka
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I've installed Linux, but what a mess...

Hello guys! Here's my first post, Its kinda silly but here goes
I've installed Red Hat Linux 8 (Physco),I got following questions

1) In windows we know usually the installed programs are located
in 'Program Files' folder , but in linux what is that folder??
2) In Windows we can change the system configuration using RegEdit?
What about Linux? is it the /etc folders and it files???
3) When I install a rpm where the files goes? I mean how can i find the
executable file if it not in the Start Menu???
4) I want to do to OpenGL programming will KDevelop be a good solution?

thats it for now... but many more to com....
Old 08-06-2004, 01:17 AM   #2
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Usually all of the programs go to the /usr folder
The executables are usually in the /usr/bin or /usr/sbin folder, and many of the configuration files are in the /etc folder, for example of you eant the configuration file for your video settings it is probably located in /etc/X11/
Old 08-06-2004, 01:24 AM   #3
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umanga; advise you not to think in windows terms it will confuse you. use
this site as an insructional guide; patiently,slowly and expand each section,subsection for complete information in detail. Table of Contents; there are 9main section,
each has subsection that will cover most all of what you will need to a smooth transition into linux. and for further knowledge there is book Linux
Complete,pub sybex, easy to read and follow with step by step guidance.
Old 08-06-2004, 01:29 AM   #4
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Here is the file system standard:

and yes Kdevelop is very good,

to find an excutable

%which [command]

example which less

will tell you where any excutable is, and all configs are in /etc and user profile stuff are in the /home/user 'dot' files

and redhat 8, is not a very current distro, for a newbie, I would try fedora core 2, which is far more current.

altho for learning RH8 is fine

i would look for and install apt4rpm its a life savor...



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