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Linuxhelp _ General Discussion _ Download and Install Programs

Posted by: gtoman Jan 17 2006, 04:45 PM

I just installed SuSE 9.3 so I'm new to it. I need to know how to download files from websites either to burn them onto CD's and then install them on the hard drive or install directly onto the hard drive after downloads. Every website I've been to has folders with their names and the creation date. How do you download and install these programs? What are ISO and RPM type files? Do you have to know Linux commands to install them or do they install by themselves?
Thanks,Jim

Posted by: michaelk Jan 17 2006, 05:53 PM

RPM - Redhat Package Manager, It is system for managing installed software. An application is usually compiled for a particular distribution with man pages, module dependicies, version information etc bundled into a single file. I'm not a SuSE expert but yast is probably capable of installing rpms.
http://www.rpm.org/

ISO - International Organization for Standardization. The standard for how data filesystem is written to a CD is ISO9660. So a file that has an iso extension is typically a binary byte for byte copy of a CD. The filesystem for CDs is iso9660. Typically, linux distributions are saved in an ISO format so you can download, create a CD and then install.
http://www.iso.org/iso/en/ISOOnline.frontpage

You will also see files with extensions tar, tgz or tar,gz. These are archives (similar to windows zip) and are the source code. One has to compile and configure the application to run on your system.
This is requires knowledge of the console terminal and shell commands.
There are other package management tools.

k3b is the easiest CD burning GUI. You download files just like windows. The do not install themselves.

Posted by: jovis Feb 18 2006, 03:54 PM

I am new to Linux also. I have installed Fedora Core 4 on my desktop and am trying to get the system working to do some things I am used to doing with windows xp. My immediate problem is downloading and installing rpm files. I have downloaded Perl sdl, but find there are six dependencies when I try to install it. I went back to freshrpms, but didn't find any of the dependencies listed for download. All the files are lib sdl_gfx.so.13 (for example) is one of them. all the rest start out lib sdl_ and them other stuff follows. the only one that isn't that type is libsmpeg-0.4.so.0

where can I find those files? I was following instructions in the book Linux For Non Geeks, but the distro that comes with the book is Fedora Core 1.0, and I am trying to use FC4.0

Thanks for any help anyone can offer

jovis

Posted by: DS2K3 Feb 19 2006, 01:41 AM

http://wiki.linuxhelp.net/index.php/Software_Installation

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I just installed SuSE 9.3 so I'm new to it. I need to know how to download files from websites either to burn them onto CD's and then install them on the hard drive or install directly onto the hard drive after downloads. Every website I've been to has folders with their names and the creation date. How do you download and install these programs? What are ISO and RPM type files? Do you have to know Linux commands to install them or do they install by themselves?
Thanks,Jim

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