Newbie Install Question

Tab Gilbert tabbox at
Fri Mar 18 22:34:59 UTC 2005

download an .iso image of Hoarty without having it be corrupt.  It was
suggest that Firefox is treating it as a text image.  I have done the
disc thing (1x, different media, etc.) every which way and I still get
a bad checksum.  Was trying to get a gui p2p application and something
to do a MD5 checksum as an alternative.  A terminal checksum method
was shown to me but after five downloads of corrupt Live Hoarty I have
not tried it yet.  The parano was just something I found to do a
checksum and best I can tell I have to get "off the reservation" in
Warty to get a gui p2p or at least something a person with years of
computer (mostly mac) experience but no linux experience can handle. 
Linux appears to have so many variations it is hard tell where to
start and what applies to the situation I am in.  Using pine and ftp
back before mosaic I only had to know a few commands to get around but
cd and ls does not get you far..... sorry for being so wordy........

Outer Bubbaistan

On Fri, 18 Mar 2005 13:54:14 -0800, Rich Rudnick <nickrud at> wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-03-18 at 13:42 -0600, Tab Gilbert wrote:
> > If I spoke the "language" I am sure could articulate myself better.
> > No, I do not enjoy this but  expected a certain amount of "learning"
> > to occur.  I just thought it would be a little more user friendly.
> > Installing a simple program should not be so major and I am surpised
> > there is not a real step-by-step instruction list that I can find.  If
> > I could ever figure this stuff out I would be glad to post it on the
> > Ubuntu site cause this is just a normal problem for a newbie.
> >
> What you're trying to do is never really going to be a 'newbie friendly'
> operation. Compiling programs (the configure, make, sudo make install
> process James Grey described) is not something that is going to be
> amenable to 'step by step' instructions, since each program has it's own
> dependencies, quirks, bugs, documentation errors, etc, etc, and each of
> these things will change how the program gets compiled. That's what a
> linux distribution does for you -- the maintainers figure out how the
> program needs to be compiled so you don't have to :)
> You might be better off describing just what you want the program to do
> for you; maybe someone can recommend one already in ubuntu that will do
> the job.
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