Originally Posted by whitey2010
ive been a windows person for a while now and im thinking of switching to ubuntu fully. i recently installed ubuntu 10.04 and even downloaded some softwares to run on it but ive been having difficulty doing that. please i'll like assistance on how to install ubuntu software directly from my harddisk rather than ubuntu's package manager.i'll really appreciate all the help i can get
Good to know that you are shifting from windows to Linux...Great Decision..
Ubuntu is a debian(not rpm like red-hat) based system and it supports .deb setup files...
First way via .deb files :-
You can think of Debian files just a alternate of .msi files on windows.
1. Just fire up your file browser
2. Double click on the file.deb
and It'll start installing..
The other way :-
When you want to install some opensource softwares and they dont have a debian file... (Install from source)
Installing from source is not difficult either..
It just needs some patience and some tolerance for the errors..
1 . un-tar the source archive
2. cd to root of the archive
3. Check the redme file..(Will mostly contain installation instructions and pre-requisites)
4. Make (mostly using 'make INSTALL' or 'make MAKEFILE')
5. after the links and every thing is set from the previous commands
6. Issue 'make install'
This method will be irritating and unwilling sometimes but gives a lot more satisfaction..