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Wednesday, December 24th 2003, 6:34am

Is there a simple way to install programs and hardware?

I am a Windows user and intrested to switch to Linux world. I installed Mandrake 9.1 but could not install my DVB card and could not install my favorite programs because i know nothing in linux. I deleted Mandrake and installed Red Hat 9. In Windows all what I need to do is just double click on the install or setup icon and the system will do the rest. Is there any thing simillar to this in Linux? Do I have to use commands? I have a very bad memory.


Wednesday, December 24th 2003, 8:44am

Try SuSe. I don't know how installations work with the other distros 'cause I haven't tried them for some time now, but SuSE comes with a great installation tool (YaST2: Yet another Setup Tool 2).
You can access a list of programs delivered on the CDs/DVD by just opening YaST2 and selecting "Install / Remove Software". You also can install downloaded RPM-Files (somewhat like EXE with Windows) via YaST2 though it's faster to install those packages by the command [code:1]rpm -Uvh $packagename.rpm[/code:1]
U: Update - if the software you are about to install already exists on your system, RPM will Update it with the version you just downloaded (if it's newer)
v: verbose - RPM will print some messages (i.e. in case of error)
h: hash - RPM will show you a row of '#' indicating the installation progress


BTW: The command-solution should work with every RPM capable distro.
Peacock Freeliner XP2500+, 512MB DDR RAM, ATI Radeon 9600 Mobility(M10), 40GB, SuSe 9.1
AMD Athlon 750MHz, 384MB SD-RAM, ATI Rage 128, 30GB+80GB, SuSe 9.1