I don't know anything about vmware and how different it may be from "normal" Debian. In Debian you almost never reboot after installing software. The only exception that comes to mind are new kernels (called linux-images) and kernel related stuff. The normal way of installing and upgrading software is with a package manager. Most people use aptitude and maintaining your system and installing new software are boringly simple. That vmware method you describe above sounds absolutely horrible to me. No wonder you're having problems. I admire your patience. So are you saying that is the only way to add/update software using vmware? What a bummer!:mad:
To install the packages I put them in an iso file, select it in the option in my vmware, reboot the system (by using the reboot function) and then mount everything. I was wondering if you guys know any easier way to do it without rebooting. Because when I change the virtual disks it doesnt let me mount again unless I reboot.
You can get the source code for any package and play with it to your heart's content. I know how to do it the normal way but I have no idea about how to do it in vmware.
My second question is, how do I get to read and change the codes of the libraries? As a part of my school project I want to change some of the libraries and I need to know how to get their code, change and compile.