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Old 04-28-2004, 08:28 AM   #1
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Just did Dual boot Win XP RedHAt9!!!

just installed RedHat9 ontop a winxp box and now they are dual boot. went into redhat and noticed it's totally different. anyone know where there is a guide online to teach you how to do the most basic stuff like:
put a shortcut on the desktop in linux
find the program i just installed.
The program that came w/ linux to play audio wouldn't play mp3s and i went to download real player and it worked but it wouldn't play vcds ??? i closed the program and didn't even know where to find it again. internet loading is obviously faster then windoze but really confusing how to work the programs and stuff. IF anyone has any idea as to where to find a newbie guide please reply. Thanks in advance.
Old 04-28-2004, 09:47 AM   #2
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if you want to make a link, just click and drag the application to the desktop and it will ask you if you want to make a link. as far as audio is concerned, redhat comes packed with a few audio players, XMMS is a pretty good. go to KDE OR GNOME dont know which one you are using, then audio and video and you should be able to see it. Redhat does not ship out with mp3 support due to legalities. However you can download an mp3 rpm to play mp3s. im a newbie myself, hope this helps. im also a redhat user and been using it for 4 weeks now.
Old 04-28-2004, 12:31 PM   #3
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As I understand it (also a newb ) Red Hat has deliberately disabled the MP3 support due to licensing concerns, a search of this site or google will turn up ways to enable MP3 support. I downloaded something like xmms-mp3***.rpm which was only 75kb and all was fine.

I found this site very helpful when I first started using Linux (5 months ago), especially for installing software and then finding out where I installed it to lol (same configuration as you BTW)

Hope this helps

Old 04-28-2004, 12:41 PM   #4
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Putting a link to your program on the desktop is the same like in windows. Right click --> New --> Shortcut or something like that (I have slovenian KDE). If you want to find the program you have just installed do the following.

1.) Open a terminal window or konsole
2.) switch to root with the comand: su
3.) type in your root password
4.) run command: updatedb
Updatedb updates your file database, for you to search in. It does it automatically every 24 hours. But if you have just installed the program, you have to update it yourself.
5.)find your file with command: locate filename, where filename is the name of the file you are looking for. Partial names also work. locate kde finds BLABLAkde and kde and kdeBLABLA, so you will find your file easily.

Look at the path to the file you are looking for. If it is a program, it will probably be in some bin directory. Like /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin/... Then back to the desktop link making. Find the file (with GUI) or write in the file name WITH FULL PATH in the space provided for that.

Hope you are succesfull.


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