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Old 03-06-2004, 02:38 PM   #1
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installing/removing software?


just got debian working (for the first time, so im very new to linux).
Im wondering how to install software that i download? I downloaded amsn.0-90.tar.gz and Opera thats also placed in a tar.gz zip file... how do I extract the files and install them??

Im currently running Libranet and got KDE and GNOME installed, but every time i try starting GNOME i get an error so i was wondering if i can remove this package and how to do that also?

thank you !
Old 03-06-2004, 04:10 PM   #2
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Sounds like you've downloaded the source code for amsn and opera... try <apt-get install amsn >. If you're still getting the hang of Debian, it may take a bit of fiddling to get them to compile from source first time. (I'm not sure if there is an official binary for opera - perhaps search the web for a .deb package for it, then use <dpkg -i somepackage.deb>).

Have a look at Synaptic, Aptitude, KDE Package Manager or Dselect - these are the usual tools for installing/removing packages via a t/gui.

Good luck!
Old 03-06-2004, 04:11 PM   #3
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With debian, its best to stick to using apt-get to download and install software. Just (as root) type apt-get install packagename. there are several frontends to apt such as synaptic, aptitude, and others, or you can just use dselect and / to search for stuff. (\ to search again)

if you must install from a tarball (opera probably doesn't have a debian package. apt-get install mozilla?) you'll need to use tar to unpack the tarball (check tar's manpage for the options that match what you're dealing with. For instance, eXtracting a Gzipped File is "tar xzf something.tar.gz" .tar.gz is sometimes shortened to .tgz
Old 03-06-2004, 04:12 PM   #4
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Whoops, forgot to mention, once the stuff is extracted, you'll have to read its instructions (look for a README or INSTALL file) on how to compile and/or install it.


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