I am new to the wonderful world of open source and I'm loving it. But where I keep getting stuck and my progress gets hindered is, when I try to install packages from source. I have read about ./configure, make and make install and what they do, but I guess I'll get better at compiling the more I try it hands-on.
It would be great if we could have a forum where most troubleshooting to installations are discussed ? Is there something of that sort already ? Or else, I would like to update this thread as and when I find something new to help beginners like me.
1)At the moment, I'm having problems installing google-chrome from source.
a)I have a .deb called google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb and I tried doing
but it gives me an error saying,
sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
b)I tried ar vx google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb and it gives me 3 files called control.tar.gz, data.tar.lzma and debian-binary. I don't know what to do with these.
Errors were encountered while processing: google-chrome-stable
2)Is a .deb file a compressed form of the executables, no source code, whereas .tar.bz2 etc contain source code ?
3)Why does linux have so many file types. .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .deb .rpm src.rpm