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i just got redhat 9.0 . i dont know how to open a program, i did it once and then forgot, i dont know how to install a linux program on it
Are you trying to install something that is one the original CDs or a different program from somewhere else?

You can add items from the original cd's by using the Menu (RedHat) - System Settings - Add / Remove Applications.

If you are trying to add a redhat 9 .rpm file the command is (as root):

rpm -Uvh filename.rpm

(where filename.rpm is the actual filename of the .rpm file you are installing)
personally, right after I install RH9 for someone, I install Apt (the file you need is currently apt-0.5.5cnc6-fr1.i386.rpm). Then use this command to install it...

rpm -Uvh apt-0.5.5cnc6-fr1.i386.rpm

Then do:

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade

Now when you want to install a program, type this:

apt-get install package_name

If you don't know the package_name, type this if you know anything about the package:

apt-cache search name

(ie apt-cache search movie will give you info about packages that have something to do with movies)

There is also a graphical program installer called synaptic ... you can get it by using :

apt-get install synaptic

Then use it by typing synaptic as root.

(Whenever you use apt-get to install a program, type apt-get update first ... or click the update button on synaptic ... to get the latest online info before the install).

Also, you must bethe root user to install packages....
hey if you are so much of a newbie check out this link ..

or anyother book mentioned in the post "which books to read.."

coz no one can post the whole tutorial here so read yourself if you got some doubts we can try to clarify...and don't get overwhelmed by the enormity of the task(hey...this much i have to learn..).

just procees slowly step by step and you will find GNU/Linux more interesting than your girlfriend.
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