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Author Topic: installing programs pluss other things.  (Read 1049 times)

MO9013

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installing programs pluss other things.
« on: July 05, 2009, 11:59:39 am »

ok here it goes.  i never used anything but widows in my life and my uncle gave me his computer when he got shipped over seas.  he said i could do anything to it and showed me some things like how to set up a new user if i made mine unusable.  i wanted to install lime wire onto the system and tried without success.  i downloaded a zip file that it told me to and opened the read me text.  it told me to check if i had the right Java and how to check and i do but when i type in the script to install (sh ./runLime.sh) it tells me bad command.  do i have to put it into a specific folder or something.  i tried to open it in my home folder.  i don't have to use lime wire, its just what im used to.  if there is a Linux based program that i can use that will work too. 

one annoying thing.  when i open up any vid file it opens it in noatun and doesn't work.  i like xine and it works with all my files.  is there a way to have xine be my default player.  i looked around and couldn't find anything that would change it. 

i also want to know how to turn on hibernation.  there are plenty of how to's for laptops but i cant find one for desk tops.

the computer is running 5.8 soho and thats all i know.  my uncle built the computer so it doesn't have any markings to tell me whats in it. my name is mike and thank you for any help.   
« Last Edit: July 05, 2009, 01:39:20 pm by MO9013 »
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nightflier

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Re: installing programs pluss other things.
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009, 01:39:41 pm »

First of all, VL 5.8 is no longer supported. That said, it is still quite useful and could be an educational introduction to VectorLinux.

The preferred method of installing and removing packages is using the package manager Gslapt. Look for it in the menu. You will need the root password. First thing to do is to click "Edit > Preferences > Sources" and make sure that the normal vectorlinux repositories are checked (packages, extra). I also like to include patches and testing. Next click on the "Update" button and let it finish. Then search for the programs you are looking for, using the search field.

If that doesn't do it, look for compatible Slackware packages. I believe 5.8 was based on Slack 11. Check that by looking in the file /etc/slackware-version. Some Limewire packages can be found here:
http://www.linuxpackages.net/pkg_details.php?id=9949

Alternatives to Limewire: http://alternativeto.net/desktop/limewire/

To change defaults for opening file types, use Konqueror and right-click on the file in question. Choose "Open with > Other", pick the program and check the box for "Remember application association... ".
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stretchedthin

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Re: installing programs pluss other things.
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2009, 02:13:58 pm »


Here is a screencast on installing limewire.
http://www.opensourcebistro.com/Tutorial/VL60/11.Network-apps/LimeWire/LimeWire.htm

You may wish to explore the site a little as there is a number of screencasts you may find usefull.
It will also give you a glimp of how vl6.0 looks and functions.  For the most part the tutorials will apply to 5.8 as well
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Vectorlinux screencasts and  tutorials can be found at....
http://www.opensourcebistro.com/blog1
http://www.youtube.com/user/vid4ken?feature=mhee

MO9013

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Re: installing programs pluss other things.
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2009, 03:46:40 pm »

thank you for the replies.  the screen shot was great and when i tried that all i got was a screen with writing in it.  as of right now i decided to upgrade to 6.0 deluxe and now im having problems with that.  i guess that what happens when your trying new things right.  thanks for the help. 
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