Install software in Linux is a totally different experincence compare to windows. In Linux, either you can install software from some software repository using software management software like gslapt or slapt-get for VL, install it from ready make packages that build by other peoples and install it manually from source.Using software management software
VL use gslapt or slapt-get to install from our VL repository. You can refer to this link for more info about gslapt or slapt-get http://www.vectorlinux.com/Docs/vl50/manuals/index.html
. But remember, you must have an internet connection to use gslapt or slapt-get.Install from ready make packages file
There is some website that offer free download of some ready make packages for Linux. VL is a slackware based OS, you can try at www.linuxpackages.net
for any software that unavailable at our VL repository. You must download the compatible version of the packages to install. VL 58 is compatible to Slackware 12 (correct me if I am wrong).Install from source
If the first and second is not avaialble for you, you have to install it from source. Download the source file from the offical website. You may need to refer to the actuall readme or FAQ for the installing procedure. Below is some tutorial on how to install software in Linux. http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/linux-tutorials-howtos-reference-material/9358-howto-install-software-readme.htmlhttp://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/softinstall.html
If you really plan to install it from source, you can packages it specificly for VL and help contribute to our VL repository. For how to become a VL packager, pls refer http://www.vectorlinux.com/forum2/index.php?topic=1380.0
Every time I download a program it seems to download as a binary file to my desktop which is getting extremely frustrating because I cannot figure out how to get these things loaded into my VL OS. I would really like to download a program that I could just open, load and run with a click of the button. I know that is probably impossible with Linux because of the type of program it seems to be. So as I continue to learn at a snails pace on how to manipulate and work Linux I could use some help understanding what I need to do in order to run the programs I download. The latest program I downloaded and would really like to run on my Vector Linux OS is StarOffice 8, could anyone please assist me in getting this program up and running at full capacity? Thank you, TC.
For the Star Office installatiob procedure, try this http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/817-7351/eobzp?a=view
There is OpenOffice available in our VL repository. Maybe you can try it out instead of Star Office.