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i just installed redhat 9, and i'm totally new to linux. what do i need to know about it? i went to download gaim, but there were lots of files ...
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    new to linux - help


    i just installed redhat 9, and i'm totally new to linux. what do i need to know about it? i went to download gaim, but there were lots of files to download, so how do i know which one? do i need all of them?

    also, where can i get a cd burning program and something to watch dvd's with?

    thanks in advance
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    well you can use yum to download packages for red hat.
    a nice burning program is k3b
    and for dvd's i suggest Ogle.
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    for gaim i think you only need something with a tar.gz ending.
    I use ogle to watch dvd's
    and if your useing kde k3b is good burning software

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    well the thing is, i don't have it connected to the internet. my other computer is connected (college dorm - only one pc at a time) so can i download the file with a windows computer and then put the file on a thumb drive and install it that way?
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    well, just download the gaim rpm or the .tar.gz package.
    for the rpm (as root):
    Code:
    rpm -i gaim-x.x.x.rpm
    for the tarball:
    Code:
    tar xvfz gaim.x.x.tar.gz
    cd gaim
    su
    ./configure
    make
    make install
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    well i'm a little lost. sorry, i'm very new to linux. could you explain in a little bit more detail? thanks, i think i'm gonna get a book on linux in the near future
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    OK, put the files you downloaded on your linux comp, ether <filename>.rpm and install it using the command line
    Code:
    rpm -i <filename>.rpm
    or if its a file <filename>.tar.gz type the following in command line:
    Code:
    tar xvfz <filename>.tar.gz
    cd <directory>
    su
    ./configure
    make
    make install
    replace <filename> with the filename, and <directory> with the directory in which you placked the file e.g. /home/tom/downloads
    these will install packages in linux;

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    well, first off, i thought that gaim was installed by default with redhat... either way:
    if you want to use the .rpm file on the internet (say it's called gaim-1.2.3.4.rpm, substitute with the real name), first you download it.
    then,open a terminal as root, and then enter the directory where it is installed:
    Code:
    cd /path/to/gaim
    then, you install the rpm:
    Code:
    rpm -i gaim-1.2.3.4.rpm
    hopefully that works, and then you can just type:
    Code:
    gaim &
    to run it.

    if you wish to compile from source (takes longer), download the gaim tarball (.tar.gz) from the internet. Then open a root terminal, and type:
    Code:
    tar xvfz gaim-1.2.3.4.tar.gz
    cd gaim-1.2.3.4
    ./configure
    make
    make install
    then if all goes well, you can type:
    Code:
    gaim &
    and it shall work

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    thanks both of you for the help. but here's another quetion for gaim, like i said before, when i went to download, there were numerous ones to choose from. is it just one file that i need, or several?
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    just one.

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