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  1. anvesh

    anvesh New Member

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    Linux is new for me. I don't know more abt it. Recently I've installed ubuntu on my second HDD. I was able to install it but I don't know how to install new software..
    Plz tel me how 2 do so and ya another question i have ubuntu,mandriva and fedora core5, which is the most easy to use..
     
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    gnome desktop (ubuntu, fedora, debian) are quite simple to use.

    to install software :-

    1.) download the software.

    2.) if in debian (.deb) format, in command line :-

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    dpkg -i 'name of file'.deb 
    3.) if in some other format (RPM, tar) :-

    convert it to .deb by
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    sudo alien 'filename'.'extension' 
    then execute it by the above method

    make sure u are in the same directory where the downloaded file is saved.
     
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    mehulved 18 Till I Die............

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    @ anvesh do read this guide to know more about ubuntu www.ubuntuguide.org
    ANd you can find many useful books on linux for reading at TLDP for free. They are very useful in understanding linux.
    All the 3 distros you got are good and easy to use, it just depends on personal preference and sometime it can happen that some hardware of yours might work fine in one but not on others so that's your choice on which one you'd like to use.

    @saurabh.sauron You don't go on converting every singe file you find to .deb for installation. It is not considered as a good practise. The best way to install any software is from source and you're recommending to convert a source file to deb? And you should first check if there's a file available for your distro before using a rpm. Alien command will convert the file into deb but still it won't satisfy the needs of youtr system. Every system has a slightly different configuration and organisations. That is why even a deb for debian isn't recommended for use with ubuntu or a rpm of fedora for suse and so on.
    Try to get the software optimised for your distro. But the best way is to compile from the source.
     
  4. Brat-Man

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    Precisely.. Compiling From Source is Much Better..

    And Use the Repositories!! They Have all The Much Needed Software Ready to be "apt-get" ed..

    Make Sure you Enable Universe and Multiverse Repos. from Synaptic Options..
     
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    i am using linux for first time ubantu is good . iam unable to play mp3 file , plz help me .
     
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    get gstreamer mad/mpeg plugins installed..
     
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    mehulved 18 Till I Die............

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    thanks but still i have problem plz any one suggest me how to operate

    any book , to read plz advice me . if possible plz post link here
     
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    mehulved 18 Till I Die............

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    For starters Ubuntu has setup an online guide at www.ubuntuguide.org. It is good enough to learn about the basics of how to operate ubuntu.
    And eventually you will need to work a little bit with command line if you want to exploit the full potential of linux. For that you can either read online documentation at http://www.tldp.org/guides.html or get hold of some books on linux system administration, since the basic commands of linux ae the same.
     
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    u might try downloading Beep Media Player, VLC media player or XMMS.
     
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    i figure it out Ubuntu is the best os ever that i have worked , i am able to connect to net , listen to music , burn cds/dvds ....

    all thinks in ubuntu .

    thanks all of u for helping me out .

    hermit
     
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    Join the Club !
     
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