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Old 01-21-2004, 01:41 AM   #1
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TRYING to install ANYTHING...


i WANT to love Linux so badly.. i WANT to replace my Windows 2000 system with a Linux one.. but I can't if I can't install anything! all I'm getting is frustration and having to reinstall Red Hat 9 over and over and over again..

For example, I wanted to update Mozilla (RH9 includes 1.2.1). Downloaded it, opened the readme - which did not resemble what actually opened. Managed to infer kind f sort of what to do, got to a Mozilla installation screen, clicked a couple of times, then it looked like it worked. Except Mozilla would no longer load any pages, and when I closed it, I could only find the old 1.2.1 version - the new one had seemingly disappeared, although it's folder still existed in the usr directory.

What am I doing wrong?

I'm untar-ing it, the running ./mozilla-installer (as root)

When I try to follow the readme and type ./mozilla, it says that's not a command.

Trying to use stuff that's worked before, I tried "make" and "make install" and all that, none of which worked...

Please help me to make this transition work.
Old 01-21-2004, 01:53 AM   #2
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the new mozilla isn't installing over the old one. it's somewhere else.
and your menu item points to the old one. find the new mozilla-bin and
have the menu item or icon point there instead.
Old 01-21-2004, 03:35 AM   #3
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All i can say is i feel ya brother.
The transition is hard, im behind redhat 9.0 also but trying install slackware 9.1 (wich i cant figure out) just erase windows and burn the disk- then you HAVE to learn linux.

I have had countless problems, after problem after problem- how i am even using the internet right now is one of them fixed- but in the end- you will get there.
Old 01-21-2004, 04:31 AM   #4
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Check out the Apt Utils They allow you to install packages from remote .rpm repositories with one simple command. There is also a GUI program for apt called synaptic Here's a screenshot .

I know for me, apt was about the coolest thing i'd ever seen. Makes installing things like a sport -especially if you have broadband.

PS. Since Redhat is pretty much dead for commercial use, why not check out Gentoo or FreeBSD? They have great packaging systems.


Old 01-21-2004, 06:46 PM   #5
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I'm gonna try installing Gentoo. Hopefully I can wrestle my way through.. Thanks for the suggestions.


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