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Where does software go?
So where do I put software? I don't want to have to create a folder on my desktop for all my downloaded software. There are so many confusing named folders on Linux and since I am new I don't know where to put anything so that I can easily find it again.
Thanks in advance for your help.
So how do I make it show up in the desktop menu under applications?
You have to be the Admin to write in that folder.
if you do "whoami" in a terminal you find out who you are.
If you arnt root you cant write in the system folders.
to become root do "su" or if you want to do one single action as root you can do "su root -c "ACTION"" or "sudo ACTION"
Tip: NEVER stay logged in as root.
Stay root as short as posible.
Where software is located depends on what the package is. Take a look at the FHS if you need detailed info about the directory structure of Linux and other Unix like OSes.
As for RealBasic, if everything is in one directory, then you need to copy that directory to /opt e.g.
$su -c "cp -r RealBasic /opt/."
11-22-2007 #10Also, why does everybody say to stay out of root when possible. What is wrong with that? I know it is a security issue, but come on, what can happen?