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Old 04-01-2004, 02:25 AM   #1
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Question Self Executable Software

Being new to the Linux environment after being savagely burn't by the unstable Windows environment I am keen to install software to perform equivalent tasks. I believe I have found appropriate software on the Tucows site for CD Burning, Audio Ripping & Media Playing. When I come to install these packages though almost every one tells me I need additional software, when I download the additional software I discover that some of that has dependancies as well. My question is:

Is there any way of downloading complete self-executable software for the Linux environment, as you could for windows, or does every package need to be configured/compiled?

Can anyone recommend the best place to get hold of Linux software and can anyone recommend a peer2peer file sharing program? I have found one called nicotine but I am having problems installing it.

Many thanks for your time.
Old 04-01-2004, 03:41 AM   #2
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Some simple applications can be downloaded as binaries, but the majority of the software out there must be compiled and configured.

One of problems with the amount of freedom that Linux allows you in the way of placing files on your system is that programs don't always know where important files and data are (in Windows, the registry can tell any program that asks where a certain driver is, for example).

So to deal with this, Linux programs configure themselves first, to find what versions of software packages you have, and where they are installed. It may also find some information about your hardware, in order to configure your compiler differently.
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In the time I've used Linux, I have had to compile 0 programs. Mandrake sources have LOADS of rpms and if it isn't there then it's at .I'm not sure which distro you use but rpms are the binaries MS3FGX was talking about.
I'm not sure what distro you're using but I've heard other distros(forgotten which one) have a larger selection of packages.
Basically, 90% of the time you don't need to compile software.
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I take it that you're using Fedora, right? (judging by the name ). Well rpm's are binaries, which means that you won't have to compile them. However, they don't resolve dependencies for you as such, just produce an installable package - you will still need to get the rpm for whatever dependency you have. However, from the sounds of it, you would benefit from a package manager such as apt-get [debian] - which resolves all dependencies for you. I believe there's one for rpm-based distros, called apt4rpm or somesuch, although I've never had occassion to look into it.
Old 04-01-2004, 04:44 AM   #5
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When I first tried linux, i messed with source files i knew nothing about configuring and to install.

I now find myself doing searches in my "install software" manager in my mandrake 10!

at times when i couldnt find anything to help me install source files, i would go to this page

they have it all and if they don't, someone who created an rpm file uploads it to them.

so my problem was...

do a search in "" and do something easy like gftp if you like ftp softwares. then if it asks for dependency do another search in that site untill you grap all the rpm file dependecy and sometimes it does take a long freakin time but its worth it when you have the end result.

when you find the rpm by the way, make sure you get the rpm for your operating systems. you will find so many pages for one particular file directing you to tons of operating systems for that one specific file that will work for your fedora....i found some gftp for fedora with no problem.


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