First let me say thanks again to stretchedthin for making these tutorials; they're the best thing since sliced bread was invented! Awsome! Thanks again.
Since I have "total recall," meaning that I totally can't recall how to do almost anything, I went back and checked to see what the answer was the last time I asked this same stupid question. http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=10921.0
and followed up with opening the terminal in the Home directory, doing the "su,"/password, going to properties and setting the files to "execute." Problems come when I "right click and choose install package." When I right click all that happens is that I get the option of "Open with xarchiever," which as far as I can tell is a text editor, and doesn't install anything. It's a nice way to look at all the pretty code, but not much good for making the sytem work, anymore than an open book on a park bench would stop a gang fight if it were in progress.
Ok, wait a minute, I'm getting a message.
Yeah, "the voices" just asked if I'd forgotten about "mc," midnight commander? Why yes I had, and so I tried it! Better yet, it worked(!), and installed the mozilla dohickey straight way. Goggle Chrome, well....
Something about "xdg-desktop-menu: no writeable system menu directory found." Well then find it, dang it. I didn't lose it, and I don't think anyone else has taken it.
I guess I should just be thankful Firefox and Opera work.