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Old 06-15-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
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can i install applications from one distro onto another.

OK. i have several distros of linux now each with applications i like. i currently have ubunbtu installed on my system. would it be posible to find the source code on the cds and copy them into my hard disk and install them from there.
also where are applications installed. eg on vista its c/programfiles/"application" if you see what i mean
Old 06-15-2008, 04:14 PM   #2
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The source code to Ubuntu programs is not stored on the CDs, but you can find them online in the Ubuntu repositories. If you want to install programs, ALWAYS use the package manager (this is Synaptic on Ubuntu). It is much easier than copying files around--all you need to do is look through the software catalog, check off the programs you want, and click "Apply", and the package manager will handle the downloading, configuring, and installation by itself.

Because package managers handle software installation, upgrades, and removal, Linux doesn't need to keep the files in self-contained directories like Windows does; rather, the executables, data, and libraries that make up an application are grouped not by application name, but by file type. For this reason, Linux has no direct equivalent to "C:\Program Files\". The executable application itself is located in /usr/bin; the libraries it needs are in /usr/lib/ or /usr/lib64; the data it needs are in /usr/share; the configuration files are in /etc or somewhere in your /home directory, depending on the program.
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Let's clear the situation first. You have several distribution install CDs at home, and one of them is ubuntu, which you installed onto your computer. On the other install CDs you found some good apps and you want them on ubuntu. Am I right? If so, then whe can go to the solution part:
What you need to know, that distributions are different, so they need distribution specific packages. You can't install Suse packages on ubuntu for example. There are some cases, especially smaller distros, where the main distro (from which it forked out) packages can be used with the distro specific distro, but ubuntu is not one of them. You need to use ubuntu packages only. Fortunately there are tons of packages available for ubuntu, so don't worry.
About the source codes. Nowdays distos don't ship source code. The best place to find them is the application's webpage.
Applications are not installed into specific places in Linux. There is a directory structure in Linux, and every directory contains only one kind of files. For example bin folders contain executable files, doc directrois documentation files, etc... When you install an app onto Linux, the package manager sorts and puts every kind of file of the new application to a previously specified location. This way the there is no need for a registry system like Windows need.
Hope I helped you.


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