crp at cmc.net
Sat Jan 17 22:50:49 UTC 2009
Bill Wright wrote:
> I am new to Ubuntu 8.10. How do I install applications other than those
> listed in the listing add/remove programs?
By "other than those in the listing add/remove programs" I am assuming
that you mean you want to install programs which are not listed in the
repositories, and available via the package mangers within Ubuntu. This
is not always very straightforward or easy.
If you download a program from the web, which is in a .deb package,
there is a GUI handler which will pop up when you double click the .deb
package, and it will take care of installing it for you. For other
package types, there will usually be installation instructions available
for them at the web site you download them from, or possibly contained
within the tarball or zipfile you download.
These instructions may include the necessity to compile the program from
source code provided, so familiarity with the process of compiling
programs under the language the program is written in, and having that
language's compiler already installed on your system, is usually a
prerequisite to installing things that are provided in this manner.
Some programs you install in this manner will have very cryptic, or even
incomplete, instructions for their installation and configuration, and
can be a real nightmare to get working correctly. some people are just
better at writing documentation than others. 8-)
Keep in mind that installing packages in this manner will prevent them
from being automatically updated, [as all of the software you install
via the package managers within Ubuntu are], so you will have to check
for, download, and install updates for these programs yourself manually.
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