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Old 05-02-2006, 04:05 AM   #1
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Installing stuff

Hey guys...

Sorry to ask such a menial question, but how do i install things in Linux?
I'm using SuSE 10.0

I am trying to find and install some video codecs to play MPEG videos, is my videos wont play.

Any help's appriciated!

Old 05-02-2006, 04:12 AM   #2
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There is an application called Yast for Suze. I don't know how it works, but look for it in the menus and try to figure out how it works.
Old 05-02-2006, 04:34 AM   #3
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Wink This should help u lol

Hi, there one of the distro's i use is SUSE 10 you can install packages in a few ways you can get RPM's all you have to do is click these and install them with YAST, this is a very basic and easy way to install packages when you click the RPM there will be two choice "Use directory as Source with YAST" or "install with YAST" (off memory don't quote me) but that should work.

Also you can use install scripts that are executable in the linux teminal i.e install-sh or (somethin' like that)

As well as this you can also compile apps from the source code in the linux terminal there are usually 'readme's' with the source that instruct you on how to compile and install it a lot of them generally go something like this

(As root in the directory of the app {cd /home/binary/app/src}

Hope this helps
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If you're just getting started, I recommend using Yum. It's simple, it's easy, it resolves dependencies for you and makes installation easy for most applications. There are plenty of tutorials out there for it, and plenty of repositories. Heck, you can even upgrade your kernel in the most simple way using Yum, and it'll even leave your old kernel intact.

In some cases though, compiling from source code is absolutely necessary. Make sure you have all dependencies that the program will require, to save headaches. Usually source code will come with installation instructions. Might want to read those first

And yes, there are RPMs, but once again, you have to worry about dependencies. Otherwise you'll get all sorts of weird errors. If yum doesn't work, use RPM. If RPM doesn't work, use source. Work your way down from easiest to hardest, and you'll be fine most of the time
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You can go to the mplayer homepage. They have a package of win32 codecs.
Also, the website has SuSE packages that allow you to play DVDs. These packages contain .pm.rpm in the name.


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