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How does linux install a program
security is a major issue in linux, having it install in root directory (/usr/bin) or a directory that requires root password is the only way to ensure new users (or not very smart "experienced" users) don't start installing things in places that they shouldn't be installed.
It is possible to install in different areas, just takes a bit of workBodhi 1.3 & Bodhi 1.4 using E17
Dell Studio 17, Intel Graphics card, 4 gigs of RAM, E17
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If system-wide installation is not possible or not feasible one can always install into ~/bin. Putting this on users path first ensures programs in users home bin will be executed instead of system ones.
For instance, there is mplayer installed by package management tools. You want to try new svn version? You install it into ~/bin. Now, when you execute mplayer command the one in your home bin will be used. Didn't like it? Remove it and next time you execute mplayer the stable one from system will be used. Convenient.