hal8000 wrote:The above packages were compiled for earlier versions of Lisa and Isadora
so theres a good chance they are looking for different libraries and may not work,
can anyone confirm if this is the case?
Not sure, but as Linux Mint uses Ubuntu as a package base I'd normally search the Ubuntu package base for such packages. You can do that at http://packages.ubuntu.com/
. Searching for qucs indeed shows it isn't available for Linux Mint 14 (which is based on Ubuntu quantal) though it is available for Linux Mint 13 (which is based on Ubuntu precise). BTW, you can check at http://www.linuxmint.com/oldreleases.php
which Ubuntu package base is used by your Linux Mint release.
So qucs is available for Linux Mint 13, here: http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/qucs
. From that page it looks like perhaps it might work on Linux Mint 14. At the bottom you can click your architecture (amd64 for 64 bit, i386 for 32 bit) and then download this package. You can then double-click it in your file manager and GDebi will open and offer to install it if all libraries that are needed are found.
However, it appears there is no active maintainer for qucs and thus it hasn't been packaged for the Ubuntu base used with Linux Mint 14. That sometimes happens; if nobody is interested in maintaining a package and it isn't something that is needed for the core system then it is removed from the repositories. Also Debian, which in turn is used as a package base by Ubuntu, has remove this package due to lack of an active maintainer: http://packages.qa.debian.org/q/qucs.html
You may try the download as described above, but yes it might turn to you needing to compile from source. You can ask for help with that in the Software & Applications section of the forum. But hopefully it will just go as described in this topic