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  1. I'm just a big fan of Firefox, ever since I started using it. (Around the same time as the name changeover.) Anyway - I prefer it to Mozilla's suite browser, which just is Netscape to me. I like the feel of Firefox, and since it has Mozilla's range of motion, I see no problem with preferring the prettier of the two... But that's me, and I'm a newbie.
  2. I want this to go away...the "no edit" tags, as I'm currently calling them. What do they mean, why did they happen, and how to I fix it?
  3. What do I do with files that are tar.gz files? (For instance, I downloaded Mozilla Firefox and the Macromedia Flash Player 7 plug-in whose file names are respectively firefox-0.8-i686-linux-gtk2+xft.tar.gz and install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz.) My terminal gives me errors when I try the "tar" command on them. By the way, this tutorial is a great help to me. I'm a total newbie, and I've been looking for explanatory tutorials of the most basic skills. Please write more of these!
  4. I keep getting this error message in my terminal. I dunno. I'm such a newbie. I just figured out how to switch directories in the terminal...and admittedly, this is my first attempt at installing something.
  5. Sorry - "jack squat" is just an expression meaning, and when used in that sentence means "I can't install anything at all." Ok - well, what you've provided me is really helpful. Unfortunately, I have to go to work now. But I'll be sure to follow up on all the leads you've given me. (Assuming that checkinstall's website stops timing out... ) Thanks, z0ny. Oh - another question - I heard that it's possible to use some Windows type files using various programs . Is it possible to install something from an executable file? I'd like to install my university's email and news client, but it's only available for Windows OS and Mac OS. Thanks again. (And any additional help would be quite useful, because, yes, I'm that much of a greenhorn.)
  6. Ok, everybody, I need some serious help. I'm currently looking for help on the net, but I thought I'd post here, because you all seem willing to help, and may be able to help me more clearly than any guides I may stumble across. I'm a brand spanking new Linux user, firstly. I bought an extra 80 GB internal hard drive, and installed it in my 2 year old Dell desktop. I used 60 GB for an extra storage NTFS partition to use in Windows, and then used the other 20 GB to install Fedora Core 2. (Yay!) I've come this far....but now I've hit a few snags. 1) I can't install jack squat! I don't know what any of these file types are, or how to install them. I read some other posts on this forum to try and get a grasp, but it's still confusing for me. (This thread and this thread for instance.) Unfortunately, I don't understand these command lines, or where to put them in, or what they mean. 2) I don't understand the filing system on this OS. In Windows XP, I could go into my hard drive (C Drive) and into various folders from there to find something I needed to delete, or another directory to move a file into, etc. But I don't get the system in Fedora Core 2. If I download stuff, where should I put it? If I want a place to store pictures or music files, I assume I can just create a directory. Right? But where should I put it? I don't understand! 3) How do I uninstall things? For instance, if I eventually figure out how to install thing, I'd like to swap out the default Mozilla browser for the Mozilla Firefox browser, just because I'm picky like that. But I don't need multiple web browsers installed. Can I get rid of old stuff? I just need to figure out how things work, I guess. Any help that you all could give me would be greatly appreciated. If you have pointers, or have found a site that answers my questions which I've not found yet, please link me up. Whooo....thanks in advance.
  7. Thanks, I appreciate it, and I assure you that I'll be asking questions once I figure out what it is I need to ask.
  8. I've never used Linux, but I've always wanted to. My problem is that I grew up on Windows, and I don't know anything else. I'm buying a laptop this weekend (an old one) for the sole purpose of stripping it and dropping Linux on it. I want to get up to speed. So please be patient, as I've got tonnes of learning to do. Btw, I'm a college student. Male, and 20 years old. Born and raised in SC in the USA. This year I'm hoping to be studying at Waseda University in Tokyo. Wish me luck.
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