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November 21st, 2005, 12:31 AM
Let's say you want to install a programming environment on your computer... What's best, to go to the language website (like python.org) and find the download or to look for the apt-get equivalent for Ubuntu?

And let's say you download a programming package, like ruby-1.8.3.tar.gz - where's a good place to stuff it? (no obscene responses please) /etc? /usr? my home directory?

thanks for any tips

November 21st, 2005, 12:58 AM
Its the eziest and probably the best idea to install the .deb package from synaptic(if possible).
I personally install program not from synaptics on /home/username/bin/ .
For 90% of my programing I use bluefish great editor for any language or atleast all of which I use (pascal,c,c++,java,html,python). you can install it through synaptics.

November 21st, 2005, 08:03 AM
Most of the stuff you will want is available via the synaptic package manager. This is the best way to install a new programming environment in Ubuntu.

November 21st, 2005, 09:27 AM
If you however can't find the debpackage you are looking for in Synaptic (very seldom), you might want to download, compile and install the program using a tarball/tar.bz2 for yourself. In this case, use /usr/local for installation. This is btw the standard location for customcompiled packages.

If you install to /usr, you may overwrite files from installed deb packages.