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Old 08-30-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
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Installation of programs


I am brand new to linux as of a few hours ago, and have been using windows my whole life.

I have no clue how to install a new program, and was wondering if anyone has a good tutorial site or anything like that. I am trying to install Kopete, and flash player 7, and am quite stumped.

I am using mandrake 10.0, so if anyone knows anything that would help me learn, it would be much appreciated.
 
Old 08-30-2004, 11:02 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to Linux

It's not so hard to install, especially if your using Mandrake. There are 2 types of installations you can choose from for yor distribution: RPMs or archived fieles.

If you choose RPM just download files that look like package.i386.rpm ... package.i686.rpm [this one depends on you CPU, if it's an older one then not. Specially build ones for Mandrake look like packagemdk.ix86.rpm. To install this you have to type "rpm -ihv package.ix86.rpm" , also you can upgrade this packages with "rpm -Uhv package.ix86.rpm" . I wrote her ix86 where "x" is a number. Do not downlaod package.src.rpm.

If you download archives: package.tar, .tar.gz , tar.bz2 then you have to compile these. First unpack them like this depending on the arhive:
"tar -xvf archive.tar" or "tar -zxvf archive.tar.gz" or "tar -jxvf archive.tar.gz"
Then it would be good to read the readme.txt or install-file that comes with it. There wil be all steps discribed how to install that software. Usually:
./configure
make
make install
this last one as root

Thats all

Here you can start reading more:
http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/fdoc.php3
http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/index.html

Good luck!
Boby
 
Old 08-30-2004, 11:05 PM   #3
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Also, you might check out motub's reply to the same question, although he was talking about Mandrake 9.x at the time:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=203939

Good luck.
 
Old 08-30-2004, 11:18 PM   #4
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Thanks alot for you help, very much appreciated. Makes the transition alot easier when people give you a hand.

Thanks again
 
Old 08-31-2004, 05:37 PM   #5
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Damn Boby, Excellent quickie tutorial. Also, you can use Apt depending on what version of Linux you're running. If you are running Fedora, you can get it at http://apt.freshrpms.net and install it with a program called Synaptic. Synaptic is GREAT for installing programs. However, you'll have to install the .rpm file like Boby said before and open up a terminal window and type "apt-get update" and then "apt-get install synaptic". Both commands without the quotes. Then just run Synaptic and it'll show you a slew (sp?) of new programs you can install. Welcome to the Dark Side! (tm)

Travis
 
Old 10-26-2004, 10:23 PM   #6
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./configure ?

i extracted a tar.gz and cd'ed to the folder, but after i type ./configure in the terminal, it says
bash: ./configure: No such file or directory

any ideas on what the problem is?

thanks
 
Old 10-26-2004, 10:53 PM   #7
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Hey, is there a read me file, i am still pretty new, but usually the read me files explain the installation.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 07:22 AM   #8
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there are 3 readme's...one ending in .1st another is .linux and the last is .uclib

i read them all but none of them have instructions on how to install, they just have stuff like changes and backwards compatibility.

the thing im trying to install is a distrbuted.net client

http://distributed.net/download/clients.php#linux

i downloaded the [x86/ELF] version, is that what i need for a p3 with 512 ram?



thanks
 
Old 10-27-2004, 12:18 PM   #9
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I have not tested this tutorial or used the client, but maybe this can help you:
http://distributed.net/docs/tutor_clients.php

Boby
 
  


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