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Linus4mee 08-20-2013 12:58 PM

installing new software

I'm new to the world of Linux, and so far really glad of making the change. Is there an easier way to install software since Windows is always uses the .exe to start the installation process. Seems I'm having a difficult time. Thanks

snowday 08-20-2013 01:01 PM

Which distribution or "distro" are you using? (Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware, Fedora, etc.)

Let us know and we'll give you specific instructions.

Linus4mee 08-20-2013 01:09 PM

Thanks Snowpine,

I'm currently running Linux Mint9 and going to upgrade to Mate. For example, I want to install
Aptana. There is a Linux version, and this is so stable running on Linux. Just seems my brain is wrapped around windows.

Thanks for any help

TobiSGD 08-20-2013 01:16 PM

Mint 9 reached its end-of-life in April, I would recommend to upgrade to Mint 13, which will be supported until 2017.
Installing software in Linux is very different from Windows and resembles more the app store concept of Apple's iOS or Google's Android. You should have a software called Software Manager, if you run that you can just type in which software you want and it will install it, if available for your version of Linux.
For Aptana this is not the case, but you can download it from the Aptana website and install it. Make sure that you have Java installed to be able to run it (you can use the Software Center to download install Java).

Linus4mee 08-20-2013 01:22 PM

Thank you for your advise. I plan to upgrade to Linux Mint 13 this week. Thank you for your help. Have a great day.

snowday 08-20-2013 01:36 PM

Mint 9 is obsolete, so that's why you're having trouble installing software.

Once you upgrade to a supported release, it will be easy to install software. See "Software Management" on p. 35 for instructions:

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