Installing a program "windows" style ???

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Installing a program "windows" style ???

Postby elvinkruger on Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:56 am

I don't have mint 7 installed yet(still have windows), waiting anxiously though!!! Just wondering, can one install a program on mint 7 from a web page download like in windows? or from a flash disk ? or do you have to do it through Mintinstall and the other applications included in mint 7 ?

Like if I download for example "avast! Linux Home Edition" on my friends computer, will I be able to copy the setup file to my flash disk and then go to my computer and install "avast Linux Home Edition" on mint 7 via the flash disk,like I would do in windows ?
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Re: Installing a program "windows" style ???

Postby markcynt on Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:39 am

If the file comes in .deb format it will install just like in Windows, otherwise it's a little more complicated than that.

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Re: Installing a program "windows" style ???

Postby kandieyman on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:05 pm

Windows has .msi files that are Microsoft installers. Various Linux distros have a corollary, and in the case of Debian-based distros (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, gOS, etc) that extension is deb. You can often find a deb version of the software, but it may be packaged by a third-party. If you cannot find a deb file, then the forums can help you install almost any extension.

However, since you used Avast as an example, I hope that you understand that such a software is superfluous, at best, in Mint. Mint has its own antivirus software, but people rarely use it. Virus threats on Linux are not like virus threats on Windows, so you will have two problems: first, the software will incorrectly label files as viruses and second, you will never need the software.
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Re: Installing a program "windows" style ???

Postby kandieyman on Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:11 pm

This forum thread should explain better what I mean:

viewtopic.php?f=90&t=29012
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Re: Installing a program "windows" style ???

Postby ZekeMenuar on Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:09 pm

From one noob to another, if your present computer has enough horsepower, install Mint in Sun Virtual Box.

You can get to know Mint and any other Linux desktops without doing anything permanent to your present system. It makes learning the finer points of Linux in general and Mint in particular much easier.

I'm dual booting Mint 7 x64 and Windows 7 RC x64. I ran several Linux distros in Virtual Box before settling on Mint.
As far as I'm concerned, Mint is the most user friendly to those of us migrating over from Windoze.

If you are looking for a particular program, or you want your computer to do something in particular, Look in the Package Manager and/or the Software Manager.
In most cases there is a program that will work for you. The search function here works well. Easier and faster than posting and waiting.

As others have stated, Linux is not Windoze. Windoze is not Linux. Linux is just a different way of running your computer.
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Re: Installing a program "windows" style ???

Postby DrHu on Sat Jul 11, 2009 7:30 pm

If you wanted to there is a web based client service for various Linux distros
--though I don't use it myself..
http://www.cnr.com/
it came about from Linpsire/Freespire, recently bought out by Xandros..
--similar in concept to mintupdate/mintinstall but with a direct web service interface, and it does require their cnr client installed to make it work

In mint I find synaptic mint menu>Package Manager, to be the best application installer they provide
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