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Old 03-27-2009, 05:54 AM   #1
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which file extension for linpus?

Good morning! Total and complete newbie here, to the extent that yesterday was my first time ever seeing Linux, when I picked up my lovely little acer aspire one. <sheepish grin>

So today...I've installed Firefox 3, and a now stuck trying to get adobe flash player. Ai yi yi. I have a choice of file extensions:

.tar.gz for Linux
.rpm for Linux
YUM for Linux
.deb for Ubuntu 8.04+

Which one for my little, lite, Linpus system?

Many thanks...
Old 03-27-2009, 06:19 AM   #2
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I'd get the .tar.gz file. Linpus uses rpm but the install script in the flash player rpm package doesn't seem to work, so it's a special case where the easiest way to install is manually.

In more details:
1) Get the .tar.gz file
2) Unpack it by 'tar -xzf <filename>'
3) It will create a directory with the file in it. Copy the file to the 'plugins' directory of firefox (on most systems the plugins directory is /usr/lib/mozilla/plguins)
4) Restart firefox.

That's it. But for other packages use yum or rpm because Linpus uses rpm packages. Yum is a way to automatically fetch and install rpm packages including all dependencies etc...
Old 03-27-2009, 05:56 PM   #3
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Thanks so much! Tried to follow your suggestion with the .tar.gz, but ended up completely lost. (sigh) Went back and redid with the .rpm (since you said that's what Linpus used) and it pretty much installed itself.

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the firefox tar file is a self contained folder . there is no real need to do anything to it just run the "firefox" binary file
that IS the equivalent to the MS firefox.exe
-------- edit ------
you might want to do some reading on using " Linux" see:
"Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition"
it is a bit old BUT is still very good reading

a VERY good tutorial for bash ( the terminal )

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Old 03-27-2009, 09:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the links...definitely needed a point in the learning direction.


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