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Old 04-12-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
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new to downloading in linux (XANDROS)


Hi all. I am a newbie as most are, when it comes to linux. I just bought a new Eee PC and I want to download both a torrent software program and software that is equivalent to itunes for my new ipod nano. I am really struggling when it comes to tarball language and what not. I believe that these little guys run on Xandros and I am curious as to how I go about downloading software.

Do I need to download an unzipping program first in order to extract these tarballs? Also, are tarballs appropriate files to download for this Xandros OS? Finally, any suggestions on what to use for a torrent supporter and an itunes copycat for linux?

Thanks so much.
 
Old 04-12-2008, 05:29 PM   #2
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Hi all. I am a newbie as most are, when it comes to linux. I just bought a new Eee PC and I want to download both a torrent software program and software that is equivalent to itunes for my new ipod nano. I am really struggling when it comes to tarball language and what not. I believe that these little guys run on Xandros and I am curious as to how I go about downloading software.

Do I need to download an unzipping program first in order to extract these tarballs? Also, are tarballs appropriate files to download for this Xandros OS? Finally, any suggestions on what to use for a torrent supporter and an itunes copycat for linux?

Thanks so much.
I have never use Xandros, but I seriously doubt you would have to download additional software for tarballs.

KTorrent, or BitTorrent are good torrent programs.

For iTunes, music management wise, there are Amarok and Rythmbox. There are others, but these are the main ones.

For iPod management, try GTKPod or YamiPod.
 
Old 04-12-2008, 06:33 PM   #3
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Xandros is a debian based system, so as a newbie you should be installing all the software you want within the apt packaging system.
Xandros probably has a help file that you can access from the start menu.
Also at least one package management/software installation program you can access from the start menu.
Launch it & read its help files.
You can also read the man pages for commands such as these:
apt, apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, dpkg, etc.
I suspect Xandros probably also has kpackage, which is an excellent KDE gui program for software installing.
You can learn a lot about your system, and the software it came with, and available software to install, by spending hours just browsing the names & descriptions of packages in a program like kpackage.
 
Old 04-12-2008, 08:05 PM   #4
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i would use synaptic to install amarok (music management that can deal with Ipods)
and transmission or ktorrent
both simple bittorrent clients (azureus is also avalable)
 
Old 04-13-2008, 12:04 PM   #5
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Hi.

Xandros Desktop provides program Xandros Networks, sometimes referred to as XN, as its recommended method of dealing with software installs, removals, updates. It's a front-end to the real package manager. Click button Launch -> menu selection Xandros Networks to start it. Read the help material, although the use is fairly straight-forward.

As has been mentioned, some users prefer other managers, but XN is easy-to-use, configured with the appropriate repositories, etc.

There may be times when you want to install something that is not in the repositories, but that can compromise your system if you are not sufficiently knowledgeable and / or careful. Be sure you have a backup of your important files.

Best wishes ... cheers, makyo
 
Old 04-13-2008, 12:15 PM   #6
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Although the eeepc is indeed based on Xandros, but it has a stripped down version with a very customised IceWM desktop environment. Instead of a menu-based system, it has only tabs (see http://www.eeeeducation.com/images/a..._eeePC_600.jpg).

I've not got one (not yet; I'm waiting for the 9" monitor version to come out), but his page here describes how you might add new software to your eeepc: http://www.r3uk.co.uk/index.php/home...ips-and-tricks

Hope this helps.
 
Old 04-13-2008, 04:08 PM   #7
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Although the eeepc is indeed based on Xandros, but it has a stripped down version with a very customised IceWM desktop environment. Instead of a menu-based system, it has only tabs ...
Thanks for heads-up. I had downloaded and installed the SDK from the ASUS link, and it looked like standard Xandros.

However, I poked around the forum and wiki at eeeuser.com and the posts discuss the apt-get and synaptic tools, so they would seem to be more appropriate to the eeePC. Although there appears to a method for enabling the full KDE desktop, I did not not follow the links to see whether that would cause XN to appear. If synaptic is satisfactory, then that could be used. In Xandros 4.x:
Code:
Synaptic is a graphical package management tool based on GTK+ and APT.
-- apt-cache show synaptic
if it works with apt, that would be good enough for me, although I usually use apt-get ... cheers, makyo
 
Old 04-13-2008, 07:19 PM   #8
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I'd suggest (as mentioned before) amaroK for iPod interface and iTunes-style functionality, if you prefer Gnome then Listen or Rhythmbox for iTunes replacement, gtkPod for iPod management.

Torrent software: Transmission if you don't mind spies (if I remember correctly, it doesn't support blocklists) and KTorrent or Deluge if you want privacy.

Best sets: amaroK + KTorrent, (Listen|Rhythmbox) + gtkPod + (Transmission|Deluge)
 
Old 04-14-2008, 11:15 AM   #9
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Hi.


if it works with apt, that would be good enough for me, although I usually use apt-get ... cheers, makyo
If you are familiar with apt-get, just use apt-get for your installs. Synaptic and kpackage are just gui interfaces for apt-get, anyway. Undoubtably XN is just an interface for apt-get also.

I just had a look at an eeepc, it appears there are only two sources in /etc/apt/sources.list, xandros must be maintaining their own repository so maybe it does not carry the the full range of debian apps. I don't think there is any reason you couldn't add normal debian sources to get any app you wanted.
 
Old 04-14-2008, 12:15 PM   #10
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@sryrk,

I suggest you go here: http://wiki.eeeuser.com/
and here: http://forum.eeeuser.com/

To learn a little more about how to install software of your eee.
 
  


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