Newbie Install Question

Philippe Landau lists at
Fri Mar 18 22:57:32 UTC 2005

 >> 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.
> download an .iso image of Hoarty without having it be corrupt.  
did you try wget ?


> 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........
> Tab
> 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 :)

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