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August 21st, 2010, 06:18 PM
Hey, I'm a recent convert to Ubuntu from Windows and I'm trying to get XAMPP and Drupal up and running on a local machine but I have no idea how to run anything from a tar.gz file once it's been extracted. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


August 21st, 2010, 06:35 PM
Much easier to install software from the repositories:



August 21st, 2010, 06:37 PM
While I agree that it is easier to install software from the repositories, that is sometimes not an option.
Here is a tutorial on installing XAMMP w/ Drupal on Ubuntu.


August 21st, 2010, 07:49 PM
Some .tar.gz files have binary files in them already (but rare), most of the time you will have to 'compile' the binaries from source code to your system.

Extract the file and look for a file named 'configure' if you have that file the software will need to be compiled. Installing software from source can be daunting even for experienced users, dependencies may be missing, compilers may be missing. For a beginner to linux/ubuntu, it can scare some people away.

If that's the case, search the web for some tutorials on how to complile from source code. If you need specific help, post back and most likely someone can help.

September 1st, 2010, 11:12 AM
Thanks guys, this all really helped. I actually was able to find drupal in synaptic (once I figured out how it worked, but the tutorial helped a lot.