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Old 08-04-2011, 12:03 AM
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I have experimented with various Linux software, booting off a CD, so it's not installed on my computer hard drive. I have had trouble opening software downloaded to Linux programs. For example I downloaded Opera browser to the desktop but could not find how to open it for use. I understand that it will not remain after I log off because the operating system is located on the CD, but, can't I use it temporarily and why can't I get it to work?
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Have you tried sudo apt-get install opera?
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I did not know that such a installation statement existed. I have had NO experience with Linux and it's peculiarities. Where can I get an education?
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Which distro are you using?
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I have been using Parted Magic and Slax. Both of which seem fairly simple except that I can't figure out how to install downloads. Apparently, it's not like windows but more like the old DOS system.
Am I wrong?
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I suggest you use VMware to run linux on without actually booting it from your computer but you can run it like it is.
Get it here http://www.vmware.com/products/player/
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I suggest you use VMware to run linux on without actually booting it from your computer but you can run it like it is.
Get it here http://www.vmware.com/products/player/
I tried it but still have no idea as to what Linux is all about and at this point I am not ambitious enough to go further. I'll stick to Windows.
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Here is a list of Linux distros that have opera with it you may want to try one if that is the browser you prefer. http://operawatch.com/news/2006/07/u...s-opera-9.html
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Here is a list of Linux distros that have opera with it you may want to try one if that is the browser you prefer. http://operawatch.com/news/2006/07/u...s-opera-9.html
Thanks for the information. However, I was using Opera as an example of what I can't do - install programs on Linux operating systems, I don't need it, I can use Mozilla Firefox which seems to be included in almost every linux edition.
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apt-get install [package]
You do know that you will have to open terminal to do this?
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apt-get install [package]
You do know that you will have to open terminal to do this?
What is terminal?
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I suggest that you do some homework on how linux is used a lot of people are shy of the terminal others embrace it I have learned to use it but still use the cheat sheet. Also if one wants to add software to there system all you have to do is look in the software repository and it will install without using the terminal depending on the distrubtion will determine what is there.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/
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I did not know that such a installation statement existed. I have had NO experience with Linux and it's peculiarities. Where can I get an education?
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I suggest that you do some homework on how linux is used a lot of people are shy of the terminal others embrace it I have learned to use it but still use the cheat sheet. Also if one wants to add software to there system all you have to do is look in the software repository and it will install without using the terminal depending on the distrubtion will determine what is there.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/
I went to the above site and it appears to be just a series of questions and answers, that I don't understand. Thanks for your help.
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If I where you I would start with Ubuntu to get the feel for Linux it has a learning curve and Ubuntu is the best to learn from and has great community support. http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
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If I where you I would start with Ubuntu to get the feel for Linux it has a learning curve and Ubuntu is the best to learn from and has great community support. http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu
You should try PCLinuxOS.. You do not have to use a cmd from ternimal..Just put a tick
by the program you want to install...It is for people that have no linux knowledge!
Most people never us a ternimal in PCLinuxOS.. It is easier than winders and you don't
have to worry about virus and malware.. Also never any blue screens. Then you can
spend all your time using your computer for what you want.. Instead of all the virus scan,
defrag, restarting, and updates that break your computer...

Give it a try, you can run from the live cd, install or run from a usb flash drive or install
on usb hard drive and not mess with the windows hard drive....

PCLinuxOS does not have a learning curve. It is almost like winders....Plus it is easier than windows.....

The thing about most linux user that I have never understood.. They will recommend a disto that is totally different from
windows and expect the average windows user to survive in a totally different environment. It is like asking them to read
Chinese, give them something easy first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is all point and click, unless you want to use cmd line..
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I will agree give him a download link to get it from
Eventually you will use the CLI
Ubuntu is just as easy also
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I will agree give him a download link to get it from
Eventually you will use the CLI
Ubuntu is just as easy also
I use the command line most of the time.. But PCLinuxOS is perfect for new users from
windows.. It was design that way and we try to keep it that way....

http://www.pclinuxos.com/?page_id=180
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I downloaded PCLinuxos, saved it to my desktop, copied to a CD and tried booting from the CD.. A logo opened with a blue line to indicate that it was , possibly, opening and the blue line moved, very slowly, possibly signifying that something was getting ready to open. However, it never did open, or I don't have the patience to wait - it took at least 15 minutes for the blue line to be completed and I waited after that for something to happen. Nothing did and I am too old to wait any longer so I shut down!
I assume that something in my download was corrupted, or this program was meant for someone who is 16 years old with unlimited time for it to do something!
I also tried booting from a program called "MobaliveCD", which boots the linux from my Windows - the same sloooow blue line!
What am I doing wrong or is it that I don't have the patience?
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I would burn the iso to a cd, at a slow speed of less the 8... There is a lot of compressed data, it needs to be burned slow....What is the spec of your computer????? What program did you burn the
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There are several to chose from which one is the best?
http://ftp.nluug.nl/ibiblio/distribu...nuxos/live-cd/
I would assume the full monty is rather large @3.8 gigs
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