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    Unhappy Program instalation .exe files

    Hi, I'm new to Ubuntu (a week) I currently want to install programs into the computer for example: blackberry software, itunes, winrar, etc and for some reason when i try opening the executable files this shows up:

    Archive: /home/marilen/Downloads/wrar390.exe
    [/home/marilen/Downloads/wrar390.exe]
    End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
    a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
    latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
    the last disk(s) of this archive.
    zipinfo: cannot find zipfile directory in one of /home/marilen/Downloads/wrar390.exe or /home/marilen/Downloads/wrar390.exe.zip, and cannot find /home/marilen/Downloads/wrar390.exe.ZIP, period.

    I would like to know if there is anything i can do, or what's going on...

    Thank you so much

    Marilen N. Costarelli

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    Re: Program instalation .exe files

    .exe are Windows programs. They're for Windows, not Linux. You can try installing them through WINE (which you'll need to install first from the Software Center or Applications -> Add/Remove depending on which version of Ubuntu you use), but I can tell you right now that the newest version of iTunes you'll have any luck with is 6. I think there's some Free Software capable of talking to Blackberries. And there is definitely an "unrar" program available in the repositories.

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    Re: Program instalation .exe files

    You should visit, and ask questions like this, on the absolute beginner forum, not the installation forum. But look here:

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installingsoftware

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    Re: Program instalation .exe files

    The programs you are trying to install are Windows programs, not Linux programs. You can install wine, a windows compatibility layer for Linux, but I think you'll be much better off finding equivalent native linux programs, they are ussually better than their windows counterparts anyway. For itunes I recomend you try Rhythmbox, Banshee or Amarok. To use rar files you can install the unrar package. I don't know about the blackberry software though.

    Remember windows executables (.exe) are not linux executables,

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    Re: Program instalation .exe files

    Try always first native linux progs, maybe this will be heplful: http://linuxappfinder.com/

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    Re: Program instalation .exe files

    Wine is almost never the correct solution. Here's some blackberry apps:

    Code:
    brock@hops:~$ apt-cache search blackberry
    barry-util - Command line utilities for working with the RIM BlackBerry Handheld
    barry-util-dbg - Command line utilities for working with the RIM BlackBerry Handheld
    barrybackup-gui - GTK+ based GUI for backing up the RIM BlackBerry Handheld
    barrybackup-gui-dbg - GTK+ based GUI for backing up the RIM BlackBerry Handheld
    libbarry-dev - Development files for libbarry
    libbarry0 - Library for using the BlackBerry handheld on Linux
    libbarry0-dbg - Library for using the BlackBerry handheld on Linux
    opensync-plugin-barry - Opensync Blackberry plugin, based on the Barry project
    opensync-plugin-barry-dbg - Opensync Blackberry plugin, based on the Barry project
    brock@hops:~$

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