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Beginners Guides: Linux Part 3: Installing New Software

Beginners Guides: Linux Part 3: Installing New Software - PCSTATS
Abstract: Linux is free, relatively easy to install, but what about software? How do you add programs and software in an environment that isn't based on the familiar rules of the Microsoft Windows world?
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Removing Unwanted Programs with YaST

Next, return to www.rpmfind.net and search for 'libcairo'. Several results here again. We do not want packages labeled 'devel' for the same reasons we want to avoid 'src' source packages, so look for the latest non-devel version, libcairo1-0.3.0-2mdk.i586.rpm. Download this file, then try to install it with YaST like we did with the other RPM files.

Oh Darn… Looks like we have another couple of packages to search for. Not to worry. Make a note of the names and close YaST installer again. Head Back to www.rpmfind.net again, this time to search for 'libglitz' and 'libpixman' library RPMs. Remember to avoid 'src' or 'devel' labeled files. The two files you should end up downloading are libglitz1-0.4.0-2mdk.i586.rpm and libpixman-0.1.2-1.1.fc3.rf.i386.rpm.

Now install the libglitz and libpixman RPM files normally. They should have no additional requirements. Once those two are installed, install the libcairo RPM and finally the RSSOwl RPM. Once all that is done, go to the SUSE menu, hit the run command and type: /usr/bin/rssowl

To start the RSSOwl program. Bask in the feeling of accomplishment for a while, then create a shortcut to the program using the same method as for Xnap above.

Removing Unwanted Programs with YaST

The same package installation program we've just used to add Xnap and RSSOwl can also be used to remove them or any other unwanted program from your SUSE Linux installation. Here's how it works:

Open YaST by going to the SUSE menu and going to 'system/YaST'

From the main YaST window, go to 'software' and choose 'install and remove software'. This will bring up the very same window used to install the other programs in this article.

The 'filter' dropdown box changes how installed packages are displayed. The default 'search' setting lets you type in a package name to track it down, while the 'installation summary' setting will list all the packages you have installed after SUSE itself was installed.

The 'package groups' filter setting will show you all packages installed on your system, grouped into categories. The final entry on this list 'zzz all' will give you a full alphabetical list of all packages on the system, including ones which are not yet installed from the CD.

Once you have located the program package you are trying to remove, right click on it in the upper-right hand window and choose 'delete'. The icon beside the package will become a garbage bin.

Now when you click 'accept', the package you deleted will be removed from your SUSE installation.

We hope you've enjoyed our third Linux Beginner's Guide. By now, you should have a much firmer grasp on some of the intricacies of SUSE Linux and the KDE desktop. PCstats has a number of other Linux Guide ideas bouncing around, so give us your feedback and let us know what you'd like to see us cover the most.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Linux Part 3: Installing New Software
 Pg 2.  Installing packages in SUSE 9.1 using YaST
 Pg 3.  Finding newly installed program and creating a shortcut
 Pg 4.  A quick look at package types
 Pg 5.  — Removing Unwanted Programs with YaST

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