I am using Mint 7 RC1. It's very impressive. However, like all Linux operating systems there seems to be a devil in the details. Usually those details make no sense whatsoever to those of us who wrote programs and formats decades and decades before Windows came along. The Linux language, while I understand why everyone had to use language different from Windows, is simply stated -- outrageous and verbally unrelated to the actions of the applications. How newbie geeks ever navigate Linux successfully is amazing.
So here I am again, stuck on something simple -- a file splitter, and I find the very issues I am stuck on, are the same issues others are also stuck on. Downloading from the internet packages is no problem with Mint. Some of the downloads will indeed copy onto the desktop where they can really be installed and used, and even have a link on the menu. Others, however, get lost in the so-called "root" system (even with an installer) and that system is the beginning of a trek through mental illness for anyone trying to find their download files. If one does not engage in cursing before being sunk in the "root", you shall before all is said and done. Ultimately and thankfully, we have forums to bail us out.
Ok, I need a file splitter. A simple file splitter. One that loads easily. One that will place a link on the menu. One that will install without all the mumbo jumbo. "Root" requires a password, yet it won't take mine. I prefer to leave "root" to the ethers. I don't want to have a successful download, and then have to hunt for the file, then finding the file won't open and finding it's impossible to use the thing.
So here I cast my problem at the feet of those who understand the Linux mumbo jumbo, and make a plea for help.