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Old 11-09-2001, 05:47 PM   #1
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Installing third party software.

I am very new to Linux.I have Suse Linux 7.1 Pro.I have downloaded several applications from the internet(TUCOWS,CNET,etc.) and don't have an idea how to install them.I wanted to install Netscape 6.2 and RealPlayer.I have no idea where these programs are now or even if they are.Are applications installed the same in Linux?This can't be that hard.I need a line by line guide to download and install untill I get the hang of it.I will almost pay for help at this point.I won't go to my grave before I learn Linux.
Old 11-09-2001, 06:23 PM   #2
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well. it depends on what kind of file you dl'd
and *who* you were when you dl'd the file.
lets start with the first. if it had an extension of .rpm then you can type this:

rpm -ivh <name_of_file.rpm>
-i = install
-v = verbose
-h = hash marks
(man rpm if you need more assistance)
if it had a .tar.gz then you can type:
tar zxvf <name_of_file.tar.gz>
-z = filter thru gzip
-x = extract-v = verbose
-f = file-----------------------------------
now. if you were logged in as you the file would be located in /home/<your_name_goes_here>
if you were logged in as root
(big no no)
then the file would be in /root


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