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Old 03-10-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
ismailkimyacioglu
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Where to install Softwares


Hi all,

Today, I downloaded Thunderbird to Desktop and untar it. However, I have learned that untarring is enough and I can use the software. The thing stick to my mind is for example in Windows, when you click the setup file, it asks you where to install the software. So, is there any folder that we can address for the setups or which folder should I prefer to install?

Thank you in advance...
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:13 PM   #2
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Which distro are you using? Does your distro have a package manager that could do the download/install for you?

Personally, I would untar it to /opt and create a symlink in /usr/bin.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:17 PM   #3
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if you untar it, there might be some sort of set up thing that you can run in the terminal, but ya you should have a package manager of some sort
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:17 PM   #4
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I have been using SUSE 10.2. I am not sure whether it has a package or how to use it.

Thank you very much...
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:18 PM   #5
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Meanwhile, I would like to tell you that I have untarred it from the terminal as I couldn't succeed due to an error when clicked on twice...
 
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Suse has a tool called Yast to help you set up software, configure the system, etc. I would strongly suggest that you use it for installing software. The reason for this is that you will end up with a mix of source and binary installs and the rpm database will not be aware of the source installs which will cause you problems further down the line when something you try to install using Yast depends on software that you installed from source and can't find it.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:41 PM   #7
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Thank you very much for the reply. Do I have to double click to run the install file associated with Yast or I have to open Yast and drag the file into it? Because, whenever, I double click on an installation file, I always face with an error dialog.
 
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Open Yast and then click the "Install Software" option, you should then be able to choose the package from a list.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 06:37 PM   #9
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Thank you very much XavierP. I really appreciate your help. I will try it to install the softwares. That's why I like Linux. It is surrounded with a helpful community... Thanks a lot again...
 
Old 03-10-2007, 06:37 PM   #10
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You can also do these things from the command line.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=380169
 
Old 03-10-2007, 06:41 PM   #11
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If you want to do it very fast and easily, install Automatix and it will do it for you.
http://www.getautomatix.com/

Then when you have more time, learn how to configure/compile programs on your own.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 07:31 PM   #12
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If you want to do it very fast and easily, install Automatix and it will do it for you.
http://www.getautomatix.com/

Then when you have more time, learn how to configure/compile programs on your own.
Automatix is specific to Ubuntu, this is a Suse distro.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 07:52 PM   #13
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Automatix is specific to Ubuntu, this is a Suse distro.
Ah, I didn't realize. Thanks for clearing that up.
 
Old 03-12-2007, 10:35 AM   #14
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Open Yast and then click the "Install Software" option, you should then be able to choose the package from a list.
Hi

I am running Suse 10.0. I have been using linux since april 2005 and I still don't understand how to install software.

I started with Redhat, then Fedora and changed over to Suse 10.0.

I am never quite sure what is happening, so have no idea why what I am doing is not working.

Recently, my Mozilla disappeared and became Sea Monkey. The computer has asked me to download an update which I have done, but I am completely frozen as to what to do next.

Please can you direct me to idiot's guide to Yast? Installing software for linux?

Thank you.

Regards

Nappy501
 
Old 03-12-2007, 06:58 PM   #15
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Recently, my Mozilla disappeared and became Sea Monkey.
This is because SeaMonkey essentially is Mozilla - Mozilla Suite was officially discontinued by Mozilla, but is continued in a community project called SeaMonkey. So the update to SeaMonkey was a good thing.
 
  


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