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Old 01-13-2006, 05:01 PM   #1
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installing programs basics

O.K I'm very new so this is clearly a newbie question. How do I install programs? I have downloaded Open Office 2.0 as a linux application but don't know how to install it. Does Linux have a file similar to a exe file or what? Right now the file is a install.tar.gz and when I click on it, I just get a list of more files. Please help
Old 01-13-2006, 05:02 PM   #2
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search here how to install programs/apps. This has been asked a lot so it has answered a lot as well. also look in the how tos here on this site or use google
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yo really need to looking through somethign like our wiki here to get you started on basics like this. that'll show you how to install tarballs no problem.
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Also, the easiest way to install programs is with your distibution's package manager. It's different for different distros, so try googling "install packages <distroname here>".
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first, open a terminal---things are much easier there.

If you have a tar.gz file, do this:

gunzip <filename>
tar -xvf <filename>

this give you a folder with all the install junk in it---with v.2, I think it is .rpm files
you'll also find a folder with files relating to (I think) desktop integration--pick the appropriate one and get it in with all the other .rpm files

Now, are you on a RPM system? If so:

rpm -i *.rpm

If not, then Debian-based?
alien -d -i *.rpm (check man alien to be sure---this is supposed to convert to .deb format and install)

If you get stuck, post appropriate messages, directory contents, etc.
Old 01-14-2006, 12:52 AM   #6
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i did the rpm thing thanks for the advice pixellany

i installed frostwire, now how do i access the where does it put the program files

n00b sorry
Old 01-14-2006, 07:48 AM   #7
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thanks a lot guys. I'm slowly catching on. It's for us 's to get unbrainwashed from the Microsoft way of thinking, but there is hope for us.


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