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Old 03-20-2005, 01:34 AM   #1
biojayc
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Mandrake 10.0 questions


I just installed Mandrake 10.0 yesterday, and I'm a complete newb to linux. Here's my questions:

1)can someone explain to me in detail how this package management works please? I understand that I can install things using an rpm file, but most of them fail for some reason. I guess I just want an overall understanding of what is happening here.

2)I heard somewhere that most of the distros come with java capability, but mandrake apparently didn't. how do I get that running? Is it on the mandrake cds, or what.

3)what is cygwin?

also, any other general linux information would be nice.

thanx
 
Old 03-20-2005, 02:10 AM   #2
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also,


What is gcc, glib, glibc, etc, and how can I get it? I don't think my install came with it because I got some errors when trying to install xmms.

What are runlevels, and how do I select them?



thanx in advance
 
Old 03-20-2005, 02:21 AM   #3
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1. I won't explain in too much detail about packages, but you can either install with the GUI by going to the menu: System->Configuration-> Packaging. Or you can try using urpmi. You will probably want to google for easy urpmi first to see how to set it up. It makes everything a lot easier. http://easyurpmi.zarb.org/

2. For Java, I think that they have some easy instructions on the Sun site that you can use. I found this page:
http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/install-linux.html

3. Cygwin is just a way to have a linux environment in Windows.

I hope that this this is helpful.
 
  


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