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Old 08-30-2006, 10:27 PM   #1
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How to install a program in Fedora C4

Hello, I'm really new to linux and I'm trying to install firefox- and a program called yum. I had the .gz files in my 'home'. I can 'extract' them, by right clicking, to a folder, but thats all it does. It doesn't install the program. So, I deleted the firefox gz and folder and I re-download it. I checked the firefox website: and did this tar -xzvf firefox- on a cmd prompt. It put the firefox folder back in my home folder just like extracting them did. What do I do now once they're extracted? Thanks in advance. LV.
Old 08-30-2006, 10:48 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

For firefox, just extract the file you downloaded using:
tar -xzvf firefox-
Change to the directory that was created. There should be an executable in there called "firefox", which you can run using:
from inside that directory.

Installing programs on Fedora is generally done using Yum. This is a program that will fetch and install programs and dependencies for you. I think Synaptic is installed by default on Fedora, which is a very good graphical frontend for Yum. If not, install it using yum (as root):
yum install synaptic
One other thing, a .tar.gz is the linux equivalent of a .zip file in Windows.

I hope this helps
Old 08-30-2006, 11:35 PM   #3
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Thank you, I shall give that a try.
Old 09-01-2006, 04:28 AM   #4
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thnx for the info Iball.



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