i'm totally new, only experience with linux is with my satellite receiver linux box
With respect, you might be better off learning about Linux repositories and their use before you charge in installing "external" software from the web! This is not like Windows whereby you find a program on the web that might be interesting and proceed to download & install it anywhere. The whole point of using repository software is that someone has already paid attention to whether or not all the software will work together or not. Linux software is 'basically' library driven and yes, you can install external stuff & be lucky OR you can install external stuff and 'break it to pieces'!! In the latter case you are unsupported in here ( unless you strike a generous soul
) and, as the saying goes, you break it, you get to keep the pieces!!
Learn how to search repositories and forums, try to find an alternative within the existing repo options that will do the task you want. You have thousands of programs already at your disposal. I suggest your Linux experience may be more productive & somewhat less frustrating this way. Walk before you run!
just a thought,
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
it's about learning to dance in the rain.