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Old 06-30-2003, 03:35 AM   #1
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Im looking for tutorial sites maybe? Or somewhere that will explain how to do simple things, like installing programs in Linux. I am running Mandrake 9.0 and i need help, can anyone point me to a good newbie site?

Old 06-30-2003, 03:54 AM   #2
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In Mandrake there is an excellent tool called urpmi. It's a command line tool, so if you prefer a gui tool, you might look into:

It's the graphical front end for urpmi. To find out more about this great feature, open up a terminal (the thing in your taskbar that looks like an old monitor) and type:
man urpmi

Also, you could just try:
urpmi applicationname
Where applicationname is the name of the application you want installed.


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Old 06-30-2003, 04:03 AM   #3
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Personally, i would get yourself a good copy of slackware. Don't be tempted by rpm's and install packages. The only way to learn is to jump right in and get your hands on it. RPM's will only lead to problems. You'll not know where your files are located, and you'll have no idea about what makes said program tick.

Most programs have instructions for installation nowadays, usually on the site you downloaded from. Your first job, look up TAR, GZIP, BUNZIP2, And ./configure, make, make install.

Old 06-30-2003, 06:24 AM   #4
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This is a good one - very well explained:
Old 06-30-2003, 01:56 PM   #5
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is quite good too


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