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Old 12-12-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
robert0259
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How does one istall software?


I have two computers that run Linux; a Dell mini running Ununtu 8.04, and a desktop with SuSe 9.3. The last time I tried updating shockwave plug-in on the system w/ SuSe...I was so confused I just gave up. One thing says go to terminal and find the root directory where you downloaded the software..how do you do that and what do you do then? And what the heck is YaST????
Why can't it just be where you click on install???? Or autorun????

Confused in NJ
 
Old 12-12-2008, 04:18 AM   #2
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Last time i looked Shockwave doesn't run on Linux.

All those question marks... YaST is the suse configuration tool, in your menu, which includes software installers and such. Generally you have to download nothing. Installing most software is vastly easier on linux than windows, believe it or not. I've not gone to a website and downloaded a program to then click on an installer for a long time. most distro's will tell you all the thousands of programs to install directly, go and download them for you and off you go in much less time and hassle. it's just different, don't be scared of different.

Suse 9.3 is pretty old now - approaching 4 years. you would have a lot more fun if you kept up to date.

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Old 12-12-2008, 10:50 PM   #3
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It wasn't Shockwave...it was flashplayer for Firefox. There were 4 different types of files....tz and I think .rar,
anyway there were about 4 different files types to choose from. I had no idea which one was right for me or where it ended up after downloading it.
Any help would be appreaciated.

Robert
 
Old 12-12-2008, 11:15 PM   #4
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for ubuntu just look on their site for the .deb files or the .tar.gz or tgz. Once you downloaded you can extract them by locating the file or where you downloaded the file to and type in the following.
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tar -zxvf <filename here>.tar.gz
However you might also from a command line be able to just do a
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sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
lately the new flash file seems to be not working that well. Seems to be hiding the drop down menus behind the flash image.
 
Old 12-13-2008, 12:15 AM   #5
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Since you're using Ubuntu, there is documentation on their site specifically answering your question at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware.
 
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Since you're using Ubuntu, there is documentation on their site specifically answering your question at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware.
well he's not, he's asking about Suse here.
 
Old 12-13-2008, 01:44 PM   #7
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well he's not, he's asking about Suse here.
Ahhhh your right. I just reread that. he is asking for Suse. So here is the info on flash install from novell's site.
 
Old 12-13-2008, 03:45 PM   #8
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what is flex package

whne i tried to install wine the following error message was dispalyed.
"configure: error: no suitable flex found. Please install the 'flex' package". what is this. can anybody help me.
 
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