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The average user wants to install software.


Heywood Jablowme

Flightless Bird

What a fucking nightmare.

Last resorts: .rpm and .tar.gz

If you can't find a .deb, you can try a .rpm. These files are packaged for
other Linux distributions (usually Fedora or Mandriva), but there is an
application called alien (which you can install using Synaptic) that allows
you (most of the time) to convert .rpm files to .deb. Read more about this

As a last resort, you can download a .tar.gz file. The .tar.gz file
extension indicates the file is a compressed set of files and folders (the
compressed files you see in Windows usually have a .zip extension). If you
see the .tar.gz, it could be compressed files that have a precompiled binary
file, or it could be compressed files that have the source code allowing you
to compile the application from source.

If you have trouble installing a .tar.gz file, you can ask for help on the
Ubuntu Forums.


Who wants to learn about this? Mr. & Mrs. Bestbuy? Don't think so. Oops.