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Old 10-05-2003, 01:43 PM   #1
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installing software

?????????????? How Do Install Software on Linux ??????????????

Is it just as easy as installing things on Windows? I need help!!!
I'm fairly new to linux and I dont know any of the text based commands except for navigating in the Konsole. I use SuSE 8.2 and i want to install a few programs like Aim.... Counterstrike... and Hard truck 2....and also Macromedia Studio MX..
Is it just a few clicks and its installed? Or do i have to go into the Konsole to do installations?

*HeH* I start paragraphs with "Is it just" alot....... lol

AND HOW ON EARTH do u close xpenguins???? its funny for a few min but they wont go away!!! i dont like logging in and out just to get rid of the penguins!

is there a task manager on SuSE?

Hope this isnt too many questions!! Thanks if u can help!

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Old 10-05-2003, 02:05 PM   #2
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I would recomend doing a search on this board for "installing from source" , and "installing rpms" I think suse can install rpms, not sure though
Old 10-05-2003, 02:05 PM   #3
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There are two different types of installation:

a) Installing from source
b) Installing from package

a) To install from source code, you will get a often compressed file (*.tar.gz). You need to go to the Console and type

tar -xvzf Nameoffile.tar.gz
cd Nameoffile
su -c 'make install'

However, this may vary depending on different situations.

b) Installing from packages (*.rpm)
In RedHat like distributions, you can install packages. Most likely, you will be able to do this just by double clicking it in your front-end. However, you can do it in the console, too.. by

rpm -ivh nameoffile.rpm

Note: You cannot install Windows applications on Linux. "Installing Macromedia Studio MX" is possible unless you have WINE or a similar program. If you wish to do so, I strongly encourage you to read the manual that comes with it.
Old 10-05-2003, 02:11 PM   #4
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Also remember that (when you said you want to install counterstrike and Hard truck 2 and Studio MX) you can't install windows apps in linux; they are two completely different operating systems. to install those programs you need an emulator to emulate a windows environment. these include Winex for games, Wine and Crossover for applications, Win4Lin, and some others.

For just normal programs (like the AIM client) I would just find a native linux client of that (there are thousands). this is obviously better if you can do it because emulators are far from perfect.
Old 10-05-2003, 02:17 PM   #5
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Here is nice thread about it:

I know, installing programs may scare a little bit at the beginning. I have tried myself to "double click" on Winamp when I started with Linux and nothing happened. I thought it was such stupid OS. Today it's the only one I use. You will eventually get the hang of it.

Good luck!
Old 10-06-2003, 09:45 AM   #6
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thanks guys!

why wont suse support my HP Deskjet 3320 USB Printer? Or my cable modem hooked up through usb?

Suse does work with USB right??

and also.... what is the best over the counter med for migraines? ive got a horrible one rit now


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