View Full Version : [ubuntu] how to install downloads?

November 30th, 2010, 12:47 AM
ok when i download a file off the internet it downloads properly but when it is finished i double click it thinking it will give me an install prompt but instead it brings me to archive file manager and just shows the files within the one o downloaded ...how do i apply my downloads?

November 30th, 2010, 12:48 AM
A classic (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installingsoftware). Bookmark it.

November 30th, 2010, 04:55 AM
A classic (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installingsoftware). Bookmark it.

Thanks for the great link. I just installed Ubuntu 10.04 Friday and am just really getting to play with it today. I knew about the Software Center from the friend at work that got me to finally install it, but I did not know about the .deb, .tar.gz, etc.

And how am I liking it so far? Absolutely loving it.

Mark Phelps
November 30th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Are you double-clicking .exe files? Asking because Ubuntu will tend to treat those as self-extracting archive files, not executables.

If you ARE, then stop doing that. Those .exe files are most probably Windows installers and they will NOT install in Ubuntu.

November 30th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Thank you guys for explaining this