View Full Version : [ubuntu] How to unpack and install?

May 2nd, 2010, 09:15 AM
Hi all -

Ok, super basic question but I haven't figured this out yet...

I'd like some step-by-step instructions on how to install files and add-ons please.

For example, I have downloaded SecondLife, with a file name SecondLife-i686-

Also, I have an add-on for Thunderbird ending in .xpi.tar.gz

I know I should unpack these (but not sure how) and that they should be installed (but can't figure out how to do this.

Any tips please? I'm on Ubuntu 9.10


May 2nd, 2010, 09:28 AM
95 times out of 100 DON'T unpack/compile. Use a package manager such as Synaptic Packager Manager to automatically download and install.

Have a look at "Installing Software in Ubuntu" - http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installingsoftware and "How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!" - http://amitech.50webs.com/installing/index.php.html

If it doesn't appear in Synaptic look for a .deb. After you have downloaded the .deb RIGHT click on it and choose install with Gdebi.

One of the best sites for locating things is http://linuxappfinder.com/

May 2nd, 2010, 12:43 PM
ok - thanks! Good resources...