I've been using Vector for about a day now. So now that I'm an "expert", it's time to figure out what makes this thing work. Here's what I've managed to get myself into.
Installed system. Noticed that Opera is onboard, and I like Opera, so I go there. First screen that comes up says "A new and niftier Opera is available. Do you want to download it?" Sure. Hit download and it's a .deb. file. Poke around and see that "Alien" is a program that unwraps packages when native OS's can't. Sounds good, it's listed in Gslapt, so I download and install Alien.
So great. Now I need to open the Opera.deb pacage. How do I do that, and how does this work? I'm not so concerned with the Opera download as I am getting familiar with the system itself.
Two things I've come across. Here is Alien's (very good!) tutorial: http://linux.die.net/man/1/alien
And here's a post to the forum. http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=2915.0
The post has a response from Granny Geek saying to "You have to switch to the directory where RealPlayer10GOLD.bin was downloaded to. Open a terminal in that directory." The concept of opening a terminal window AFTER being in a directory is new, strange, foreign and scary to me. Maybe I need to grow up and get with stuff, but I've never had to navigate to a folder or directory before opening a terminal. I'm sure I msiundertood what Granny Geek said, and it probably means open as su, log in as root, then give a file path, maybe /home/bin/ something.
I did try the format as shown on the instructions from the tutorial. I logged in as root and entered "alien --to-slp" and the .deb file name, and it came back "command not found."
I know this isn't rocket science. I'm just trying to scoot it back a little closer to my "not as smart as a fifth grader" level.