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AcademyKP03
June 20th, 2008, 05:04 PM
I always had a general question about installing various programs into Ubuntu. I go to download places that have the download for linux - and it's usually a .deb file. So I download it and then what?

It's on my desktop.

I can extract it

How do I get the sys. package manager to install it

Do I need to put the .deb file in a specific location?

for the record, i'm trying to get skype installed

skype-debian_2.0.0.72-1_i386.deb

thanks

the_doc
June 20th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Right click and select the first option.

EDIT:

Right click on the .deb file.

lazyart
June 20th, 2008, 05:07 PM
Before you go downloading stuff for linux, take a peek at synaptic and see if the program you are looking for is already in the repositories. That way you'll know you have the right version and when the software is updated you'll automatically be notified.

The syntax for installing a .deb file is
sudo dpkg -i name_of_debfile.deb

AcademyKP03
June 20th, 2008, 05:08 PM
Right click and select the first option.

EDIT:

Right click on the .deb file.

thanks!

dracayr
June 20th, 2008, 05:08 PM
usually you can install programs more easily and faster by typing
sudo apt-get install *programname* in a terminal. *programname* is always small and only one word (or seperated by a hyphen).


dracayr

avtolle
June 20th, 2008, 05:10 PM
usually you can install programs more easily and faster by typing
sudo apt-get install *programname* in a terminal. *programname* is always small and only one word (or seperated by a hyphen).


dracayr
True, if the program is in the repositories enabled under Software Sources and Synaptic.