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Old 07-21-2003, 07:54 PM   #1
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Talking Newbie Questions How to install downloaded software??

Okay, I finally got XP and RH8 dual booting on a single HD.

I also managed to get the modem installed and can browse web.

I did the automatic install of RH8 and chose to set it up as a personal workstation with only the recommended components.

The overall speed of Mozilla sucks compared to IE6!

I tried downloading Linux version of Acrobat from using RH8. (So I can read the manuals)

The speed was .4KB/sec which would take 5 hours.

Switched to back XP and tried the same file; its speed was 2.15KB/sec.
Which would take 1HR 15Min. I can live with that.

I would like to try Mozilla Firebird someone said it is a whole lot faster.

I have never installed any additional programs in RH8.

Once I download the file what do I do with it?
Will it install automatically when I click on it?

Where are the RH8 manuals? I have the five installation disks; are they on them somewhere? Did they get installed to my HD?
I don't really know what to look for.

I know I can find them online but I have trouble using the files once they are downloaded. There are three versions of each manual to choose from.

Old 07-21-2003, 08:07 PM   #2
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Not sure about your question but Mozilla is generally a faster page load than IE6.

D/L speed is not based on the browser however but on the speed/bandwidth of the server. =)
Old 07-21-2003, 08:49 PM   #3
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Well I guess that its just my imagination.
Old 07-24-2003, 08:22 AM   #4
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try downloading files with rpm extensions. they're easier to install.
log in as root in a terminal.
rpm -i filenameOfDownLoadedProgram.rpm
and everything is fine. uninstalling is a different matter. i haven't figured out that one for myself.
i think there are basically 2 types of installs. the tar files which you have to compile yourself and the binaries. the binaries come in several forms i guess depending on the distro. as i heard, RD and mandrake both use rpms. which is a breeze to install. debian has it's own type of "installshield"-like install file but i haven't tried debian out for myself so i can't really say much about that one.
Old 07-24-2003, 09:45 AM   #5
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I agree with you that Mozilla Firebird is a good browser. I just installed it on my Slackware this afternoon and it is light and brilliant Somemore it doesn't need installation at all. Try it.

1. Download Mozilla Firebird from
2. Make a directory for it anywhere you like. Home directory seems to be a good choice for me.

$ mkdir ~/firebird/
$ cd ~/firebird/

3. Untar the tarball by:

$ tar -xzvf ...../MozillaFirebird-0.6-i686-pc-linux-gnu.tar.gz

* ..... is the directory in which u saved the downloaded file.

4. cd into the untarred directory and run it by ./MozillaFirebird
Old 07-24-2003, 10:58 AM   #6
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Firebird and Thunderbird make the perfect fast web/mail clients around


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