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Linux Install Software

Post #1by sanctus » 28.08.2008, 08:07

Anyone know how can i install programs,in linux,i heard that you must give some commands to the terminal or something like that

Any help would be appreciated
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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #2by cartrite » 28.08.2008, 08:40

This depends on what you want to install. But the Linux equivalent to the Windows installer is the RPM packages. They are basically installed almost like any Windows program. If there is no RPM package for the program you wish to install, then there should be a readme or install file in the package that will describe what needs to be done.

The other way is to build your own program and install it that way. This means that you install a development system. Suse has a development system built into the OS. You just install it. Other Linux systems are probably the same. After a development system is installed, one basically enters

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./configure
make
make install

You enter ./configure --help to find out which options , if any, to enter on the ./configure line.
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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #3by ajtribick » 28.08.2008, 11:02

It would help if you said which distro you are using.

To be pedantic, RPM is one of the equivalents. If you use a Debian-derived distribution (e.g. Ubuntu), you won't be dealing with RPMs but .deb packages.

In Ubuntu, installing Celestia can be done from the menu, but bear in mind that the version in the repositories is 1.5.0, which is not the latest one!

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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #4by sanctus » 28.08.2008, 15:55

I'm using fedora 9,

Oh and something else,why suse 10 for example sometimes just fail in the installation

Does anyone else have this problem?
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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #5by t00fri » 28.08.2008, 16:08

sanctus wrote:I'm using fedora 9,

Oh and something else,why suse 10 for example sometimes just fail in the installation

Does anyone else have this problem?

Please try to be more precise. There are a dozen different Linux distributions out there, each with their own pros and cons.

If you write Suse 10, do you mean 10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3?

This makes a BIG difference! I use Suse since decades. Currently, I have 10.3 installed, which went VERY smoothly, indeed. But people who know close to nothing about Linux, surely will be able to make it fail.

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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #6by sanctus » 28.08.2008, 16:57

I mean suse 10.1
Sometimes is installing perfect but sometimes just failing to install some packages and with the same settings
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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #7by t00fri » 28.08.2008, 17:04

sanctus wrote:I mean suse 10.1
Sometimes is installing perfect but sometimes just failing to install some packages and with the same settings

10.1 was much less mature wrto various installation aspects than 10.3. Just download 10.3 and try it. I use it now since ~ 6 months very intensively, with no complaints. 11.x is also out, but I have no personal experience with it, yet.

Of course I always update automatically via the net using 'smart', which is very convenient and fast.

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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #8by LordFerret » 09.09.2008, 18:04

I just recently put Debian on a laptop, it's awesome. The install went very smoothly and quickly. I can't believe how much faster Debian runs compared to WinXP, even on an old laptop with minimal memory and hd!

I've found the following to be of great help. Check it out -
http://www.howtoforge.com/

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Re: Linux Install Software

Post #9by NIGHTCAST2000 » 09.09.2008, 23:47

I've personally started with Mandrake(now Mandriver)many years ago.

Recently,I've started using Kubuntu,which I find is very good indeed!I do agree that Linux is generally much faster than Windows XP.I started out with the stable version of Feisty Fawn,and now running the latest Intrepid Ibex Alpha 5.I've had a few crashes and a couple of re-installs with it,but with the crashes I managed to find solutions to the problems I was having at the time.

Another good place to look is the Fedora Forums:http://www.fedoraforum.org/ I have found them very helpful when encountering problems,and very often the users are very helpful(whichever distribution you happen to use) :wink:

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