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Old 03-30-2004, 04:51 PM   #1
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No-brainer Guide to Installing Programs (i.e. Thunderbird?) for a newb?

Hello all.

I jumped headfirst into Linux over the weekend, and have had a lot of fun. My first Linux install I chose Mandrake 10, dual booted with Windows 2000 via a lilo boot disk. I had a few problems, but that is why I tackled this, to learn something.

Now, perhaps what should be easiest to do is giving me the most headaches, and the more I read, the more I'm confused. How exactly do I install software? For example, I downloaded the newest version of Mozilla Firefox. Fumbling through the Mandrake installing utilities, I had no ideal, so I ended up basically "installing" Firefox just like I did in Windows. Extract to a folder, which I then moved to my "Home"directory, and dragged an icon (which I had to change to the little 'fox' manually) to my taskbar. I had to assume this is wrong, but appears to be functional.

Any newb guidance you can give is much appreciated. I just started computing when Win3.1 was released, and know enough dos to make me dangerous. IN many ways Mandrake has been a blast from the past, where I feel like I have some real control over my PC, not vice versa.

Old 03-30-2004, 05:34 PM   #2
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Mandrake has a great tool called urpmi. To use it, you first set up some sources to use. Open a web browser and a terminal (as root for the terminal). Go here to get the info to update your sources, then enter it into the terminal as it says to.

Then you can install something like firefox like this:

uprmi mozilla-firefox

Very easy. I would recommend doing a 'urpmi.removemedia -a ' to clear the install CDs from your sources before adding the easy urpmi ones. The drawbackis that you need to use the network connections for everything, but as time passes, the CDs will get out of date anyway. You can leave them in for now and remove them if you find them unneccessary./
Old 03-30-2004, 05:54 PM   #3
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As far as Firefox and Thunderbird... they dont need to be installed. I have downloaded both (and use them on a regular basis) just by uncompressing and starting it.

Other applications need you to do "./configure"... "make"... "make install"... etc, etc.

If you can though, use URPMI like colnago said.. much much easier.


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