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Old 08-17-2006, 03:57 AM   #1
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6 critical questions from KDE newbie


Hallo all,
I'm absolute newbie in linux community. Yesterday I installed Bebian on my old Toshiba Tecra8000, and encountered many questions, and listed the critical ones below:

confused: 1. the KDE desktop window is not properly driven by the system. I guess it's due to the fact that I did not offer any info on the graphic card id and some related bus info for I have no idea how these infos could be found in bebian.

confused: 2. the cd-rom works weird, I could insert it once, but failed to take it out. why? Which command I could issue to see what's in the cd in a shell console? I tried with mount /cd, but nothing happens.

confused: 3. at startup, usb seems sucessfully mounted, but in KDE konqueror there is no such a folder. should I reconfigure somewhere?

confused: 4. normally under which directory is it recommended to install user program? after installation, how could I inform KDE in oder to include the newcomer as a normal application?

confused: 5. Is there any tool like Bebian aptitude that get the desired file and install it automatically?

confused: 6. How could I install some plug-ins, e.g. flash player, for the firefox in KDE?

That's all for today. wish any experts could give me a hand for them. Regards, win2s
 
Old 08-17-2006, 04:09 AM   #2
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confused: 1. the KDE desktop window is not properly driven by the system. I guess it's due to the fact that I did not offer any info on the graphic card id and some related bus info for I have no idea how these infos could be found in bebian.

The command you want is "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg".
Additional bus info etc can be found by typing "lspci".

confused: 2. the cd-rom works weird, I could insert it once, but failed to take it out. why? Which command I could issue to see what's in the cd in a shell console? I tried with mount /cd, but nothing happens.

mount /mnt/cdrom or mount /media/cdrom. Also, try right clicking on the cd icon on the desktop and choosing "eject".

confused: 3. at startup, usb seems sucessfully mounted, but in KDE konqueror there is no such a folder. should I reconfigure somewhere?

Look in Storage Media. It might appear there. If you're using a standard IDE system then it's probably mounted at /dev/sda1.

confused: 4. normally under which directory is it recommended to install user program? after installation, how could I inform KDE in oder to include the newcomer as a normal application?

If you're installing .deb apps as root then they should install to /usr/lib (or maybe /opt/kde/ if you're talking about KDE stuff) and the executable is linked to /usr/bin.

confused: 5. Is there any tool like Bebian aptitude that get the desired file and install it automatically?

Yes, it's called synaptic.

confused: 6. How could I install some plug-ins, e.g. flash player, for the firefox in KDE?

Use synaptic. You might need to go to the Konqueror Tools menu and then to Configure Konqueror and scroll down the list in the left of the window till you find "Plugins".

And it's Debian not Bebian. Unless there's some new distro I haven't heard of.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 04:33 AM   #3
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And it's Debian not Bebian. Unless there's some new distro I haven't heard of.
Jeez, I was starting to wonder myself...a google search for 'bebian' returns over 500 hits, though they all seem to be typos on a mailing list
 
Old 08-17-2006, 05:13 AM   #4
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Hallo salparadise, thank you for your answers.
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If you're installing .deb apps as root then they should install to /usr/lib (or maybe /opt/kde/ if you're talking about KDE stuff) and the executable is linked to /usr/bin.
is the ending of executables in linux also .exe?
how could such link be realized? should I make any scripts or add a statement in certain config file?

Thanx in advance, win2s
 
Old 08-17-2006, 05:19 AM   #5
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lets take an example here. Suppose if you have firefox.deb, you install it. it will automatically get linked to places it should be. so generally you dont need to worry about where it gets linked. Just install it and type "firefox" in terminal and it should start.
No, the executables in linux dont end with a .exe, they files in /usr/bin dont have an extension. .deb are debian packages, which are made for easy installation.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 07:38 AM   #6
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lets take an example here. Suppose if you have firefox.deb, you install it.
Do you mean man install it using Synaptic?

In case I download one from
http://www.firefox-browser.de/linux.php
the file with extension *.tar.gz, it is not dedicated for deb. How could I install it?
 
Old 08-17-2006, 07:43 AM   #7
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if you want to install the easy way, just do
apt-get install firefox

from a .tar.gz
you would extract the file first. read the INSTALL file. there might be different methods to install
this is one possible way
tar -xvzf *.tar.gz
./configure
make
make install

you might search for a .deb package on your debian dvd instead of downloading .tar.gz file from the net.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 07:52 AM   #8
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Thanx a lot. for now its quite clear.
How about uninstall, is there any command to remove the executables? or has man to issue rm rmdir?
 
Old 08-17-2006, 07:55 AM   #9
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apt-get uninstall firefox
but I dont know a way to uninstall, if you have built through the source.
 
Old 08-17-2006, 07:58 AM   #10
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if it was installed by apt get, then
Code:
apt-get remove <package>
will work.

Code:
man apt-get
will tell you alot about apt-get (you can also use the synaptic GUI but i have noexperience with it)
 
Old 08-17-2006, 08:06 AM   #11
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Thank all
 
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It's a pleasure to help.
 
  


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