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post Apr 10 2004, 10:40 AM
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Whats this Lie-nix Thing?

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Hi there guys! thanks to everyone who keeps this site running it looks like a really good place! :0)
Yes im one of the w**dows converts, used everything from 95 thru xp all my life but now want to support something a little differnt.
Installed suse 9.0 (mainly as it supports win modems)
I understand some bits and bobs, but am especially struggling with installing software, im not sure i understand the core basics really.
If anyone has msn i.d that they are willing to let me add to my list and annoy with questions that would be grand! :0) in return if your close ill buy you a beer? or four? ;0) or if you need sound doing on a gig ill do it for free? hehe
really any help to understand whats going on would be good, unfortuantly am also a student so budget for anything is about < 20p. I have also "coded" in delphi so i understand that if it helps?? anyway cheers guys!
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post Apr 10 2004, 03:03 PM
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Its GNU/

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Hey, as a fellow sound guy I will give you some free advice, not that you wouldn't have gotten it anyways.

Installing software in linux falls into two major categories. The first is source code, or tar.gz and tar.bz2 files. These are similar to .zip files in windows. They contain a bunch of files and you unpack them and than work with the files. Each programs install is a little different so they always include a README file in the package. To get started you just issue the command
tar xvzf filename.tar.gz for tar.gz files
tar xvbf filename.tar.bz2 for tar.bz2 files.

This unpacks them in the current directory and from there you can read the README files and follow the path.

Second, are called rpm files. This is more like your .exe installs from windows .rpm files are an automatic install for a package. Now, unfortunately, I have heard that SuSE can sometimes be a little finicky with .rpm files but I dont know. The key with rpm files is you have to find the one specifically for your system. An rpm file for a Mandrake system wont install on yours, and even the wrong version number can screw things up. Most sights will offer rpm files for a few distros and if yours isnt in the list you have to use source packages.

To install a rpm file use the command
rpm Uvh filename.rpm

Just as notes, the -^&%# that go with each install area modifiers, some times specific programs will tell you different ones, the ones listed here are just the standard ones that work in most cases. Always look for an on-line readme when you download to see if their or any special instructions.

Also, unpacking or tar files and installing or rpm files can also be done from a gui browser, although actually compiling and installing tar files has to be done from the command line and I usually recommend doing everything from the command line. Especially with rpm files the command line is nice because it gives you the errors where from the GUI it generally just doesnt do anything and you cant tell if it worked or failed.

Good luck, and come back with any specific questions you may have, we are always here.

--Jim Lester

Distro: Gentoo
System: AMD Athlon 3000+ XP 2.166 GHz
NVIDIA nForce2 IGP Chipset
NVIDIA nForce2 Dual Head 64 MB Graphics

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