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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 Adobe.com 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.
type
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 www.mozilla.org
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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