Good day. Forgive the long post.
I've been toying around with linux for a few months. I first started with Knoppix, then Ubuntu and finally to Linux Mint. My biggest hurdle with using Linux was that the pc I installed it on has no internet connection. Let's just say I temporarily rent a small room and getting a dsl line with a required 1 year lock on period is presently impractical.
Anyway, that little setback wasn't really a problem as I had a pretty decent connection at work and I could bum some large downloads from my best friend's broadband connection(where I get most of my iso images
) and just transfer them to my offline pc via a 2gig USB drive. Sadly this is kind of awkward and at times very difficult to do in Linux for me. When I was using ubuntu this howto
really helped a lot and it worked for me to a degree. But the problem was that when I tried to manually install proprietary codecs, I didn't know where to start and frankly it was a bit overwhelming with the dependencies and all. So I thought it was easier to just look for a distro that had codecs out of the box.
That's how I found out about Linux Mint. I've installed and have been using cassandra for more than a month now and I am very happy with it. I have succesfully installed Kompozer through a deb package I manually downloaded. Installing the themes were ok too as it was just click and drag. But when I tried to install gnochm
to read my ebooks in chm format, I couldn't. The file I downloaded was in .tar.gz format. When I followed the instructions given in this howto
, the error message, "c could not make executable files" (or something to that effect. I forgot to record the log
) came out after I typed ./configure. When I tried sudo make install, nothing happened.
For some reason I thought I just needed a c compiler, so I used my ubuntu feisty cd as a repository and installed gcc. But still nothing happened.
My question is, What did I do wrong, and what should I do so I could manually compile packages from the source?.
I've read this other thread
but I'm not really interested about code optimizations and other technical stuff that the thread discussed. I just want to learn how to install packages I downloaded somewhere else.
Thank you for taking the time to read and for any help you could give me. I like linux mint. It has been a big help with my writing as it offers no distractions compared to windows. It just works. Now I want to learn to make it work more.