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GaryPG2
August 4th, 2009, 12:51 AM
For the first time I installed a program (Sweet Home 3D) that did not come from the Add Program command. I downloaded the file and expanded it to a folder on the desktop. The program runs by double clicking a file which is a shell script. My question is where should this folder be stored? I know Windows puts them in Program Files. Is there an equivalent in Ubuntu?

Also how do I add this program to the Applications Menu?

Thanks for your help.

Bruce M.
August 4th, 2009, 01:19 AM
For the first time I installed a program (Sweet Home 3D) that did not come from the Add Program command. I downloaded the file and expanded it to a folder on the desktop. The program runs by double clicking a file which is a shell script. My question is where should this folder be stored? I know Windows puts them in Program Files. Is there an equivalent in Ubuntu?

Also how do I add this program to the Applications Menu?

Thanks for your help.

Yes there is an equivalent it's called your "home" directory:

/home/your_user_name.

So you have SH3D in: /home/your_user_name/Desktop/SH3D (for example)

Move SH3D to /home/your_user_name/

Now right click on your desktop, and "Create Launcher"

Name: SHome 3D (example)
Comment: (whatever you want)
Command: use the folder icon and browse to the "shell script" that starts it. Then get an icon and click on "Use startup notification", [Create] and your done.

Have a nice day.
Bruce

bodhi.zazen
August 4th, 2009, 01:19 AM
The linux file system is a bit different then windows.

The preferred location for apps outside the repos, is /usr/local/

There is nothing wrong with leaving it in $HOME or moving it to ~/bin

There are tons of referances on Google, but this is not a bad one to get you started :

http://www.freeos.com/articles/3102/