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Old 12-29-2008, 08:13 AM   #1
mopatop
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my head hurts


i am linux illiterate,i think i heard something go pop inside my skull......i got an asus eee for xmas and im gonna tinker with it til i break it or understand.so far ive managed to get full desktop but i think it was the equivelent of monkeys hitting keys.i'm trying to install frostwire.i believe the eee is running debian or xandros. the machine is i686 kde version 3.4.2 release 2.6.21.4-eeepc. ive downloaded frostwire from them.i have 4 files on my desktop ..frostwire.deb frostwire with a little black screen
icon then i think a java update thingy jre-6 ull-linux-i586-rpm.bin then ulta matix deb thing
i have no idea how to open them tried opening them with file manager xandros file manager i think i know how to find a shell console window thing i know how to open the command window thing ive been in to the synaptics package manager thing. any help would be greatly appreciated bearing in mind i feel almost imbecilic and
look to all extents like i just crawled out of a cave...thank you
 
Old 12-29-2008, 08:21 AM   #2
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welcome to LQ!!

You certainly have a lot of "things" there.....

Start with the package manager (Synaptic). This is one of the "magic bullets" in Linux. If something is available there, then always install it that way. "frostwire" is available on my system using the package manager---chances are good it is for yours also.

The other standard advice would be: "One step at a time."
 
Old 12-29-2008, 08:37 AM   #3
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my head hurts
Try paracetamol - or alchohol
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i am linux illiterate
Well then, there's not much that can be done for you.

You also seem to be having trouble typing in English. Please locate and use the shift key and the spacebar.
Starting sentences with caps and ending in a space helps make your post easier to read - also, try organizing your post in paragraphs.

I'm doing my best to sort through what you wrote.

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i believe the eee is running debian or xandros.
The linux-edition Eee PC comes with Xandros pre-installed in a cute, minimalistic, configuration. Expert mode is possible, which provides a more complete desktop like a real computer. It is also possible to install other distros.

How to install Frostwire:
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/howto:frostwire

Note: programs for linux come as "packages", which are like archives except that they contain extra information about how to install them. You handle them with a "package manager". The package manager for Xandros is dpkg (Debian Package) which required .deb (debian-format) files. AFAIK: Xandros will not install from rpm or rpm.bin files - these are RedHat-format.

Most programs you will want will come from online collections called repositories. You access the Asus repositories with a utility called "apt-get" or the synaptic package manager (which is a graphical interface for apt-get). These are the preferred way to get and install programs - search for the program you want with synaptic, then check the box, (it will tell you what else you need) then click "apply". Nothing to it.

See http://wiki.eeeuser.com/ for info.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 08:41 AM   #4
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Ahhh pixellated one... according to the eee wiki, frostwire is not in the asus repos (Jan 2008). Of course it may be there now and the wiki just not updated - worth a search.

Technically, the whole box could use an update...

... in terminal, preferably while on a fast connection:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

rereading my previous post - I think I'm getting grumpy in my old age...
 
Old 12-29-2008, 09:00 AM   #5
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I've been using Linux (mostly Ubuntu) since April and it still makes my head hurt...

From Wikipedia, I'm pretty sure you are running Xandros (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASUS_Eee_PC). Installing new software packages varies with each Linux distribution so I would try to find someone familiar with Xandros. LQ doesn't seem to have a Xandros forum, though. Try http://forums.xandros.com/ from the Xandros website.

geekydude (from the Xandros forum) says Frostwire is in the Xandros repository (http://forums.xandros.com/viewtopic.php?p=201555#201555). That means you should be able to open the Synaptic package manager and search for "Frostwire." Click the checkbox by whatever you want to install, click "Mark for installation," click the "Apply" button in the toolbar, and click "Apply" in the box that pops up. Synaptic should download the package and install it. Also, search for "Java" (something like "sun-java6-jre") to verify that you have Java. I think it's pre-installed in Xandros.

Good Luck
 
Old 12-29-2008, 10:23 AM   #6
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Thank you.

Frostwire is now working thanks guys,had to head butt it but following instructions to the letter,full stops,capital letters and one step at a time it works.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 11:12 AM   #7
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Thank you for the follow-up. You have no idea how rare that is.

"Head-Butt"----I will have to keep that in mind the next time I have a computer issue.......

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Ahhh pixellated one... according to the eee wiki, frostwire is not in the asus repos (Jan 2008)
The only point was to check the package manager first......

Pixellany and Pixellated are on different branches of the etomylogical tree---The first is a "manufactured" word which you will not find in Webster anytime soon. The second is an image property derived from the word "pixel". Pixellany, having a photographic side, does not like pixellization (sp?). See also pixellify and pixellification (the latter not legal in many parts of the world......)
Thank you for the opportunity to get on the etomylogical soapbox.......
 
Old 12-29-2008, 02:57 PM   #8
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Be for you install frostwire you have to install java, witch you can get from your Synaptic Package Manager.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 04:14 PM   #9
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I was listening to a stream of music earlier and wondered if there was something for linux to capture it with.
I googled sound capture for linux and read about audacity so rather than the headache of trying to download it from somewhere i had a look in synaptics package manager.
lo and behold there it is. clever boy marked it,installed it and is now using it.
I'm beginning to like this linux malarkey.
using windows for the last few years has been a bit like eating from mcdonalds, it's easy but it always makes me feel like crap,felt this way since i stopped using windows 98,xp was bad but vista is like going supersize big mac every meal.
 
Old 12-29-2008, 04:39 PM   #10
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... i had a look in synaptics package manager.
lo and behold there it is. clever boy marked it,installed it and is now using it.
I'm beginning to like this linux malarkey.
Good for you! The package manager (along with repositories and the unified install/remove stuff) is one of those things that is just so much more rational 'here' than 'over there'. And one of the first things that you hear "Why doesn't this work like Windows" which is a bit frustrating when its applied to an area in which Windows doesn't actually work.

And, by the way, the quality (readability) of your posts is already imnproving; I'm blaming the civilizing influence of Linux, although that is probably unfair.
 
Old 01-01-2009, 08:40 AM   #11
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i had a look in synaptics package manager
Well done - that's just like using msn except you don't have to tell them all about your computer.

You get to enjoy not signing that EULA ... I see your self esteem has improved - you are referring to yourself with an upper case "I" as the upright gnu/linux user you are Just put a space after your commas and stops, leave a blank line between paragraphs, you'll be fine. See how the others all do it?
 
  


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