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Re: Newbie wants Firefox and Tbird

On Friday 23 September 2005 05:58 am, Albert wrote:
> I am a new user of Debian.  My first task after system install is
> to install Firefox and Tbird, preferably the latest 1.0.6 or
> 1.0.7.  It's a piece of cake to download and install these from
> the mozilla site, but I have no idea how I might then wrap them
> with an icon and to get them to show in the menus.

Here's a demonstration on how I find and install a package I'm not sure exists 
or what it's name is.

apt-cache search <keyword> | less

then, when I find the package I think is right, so I'll type

apt-cache show <package> | less

to see the package dependencies and description.  Then, using su or logging in 
on another terminal, I'll

apt-get install <package>

(the | less means "send the output to the input of this other program called 
less", and less lets you scroll up and down when you have a lot of output and 
can also read text files.)

> Do debian users not do this sort of thing?  If so, could someone point me
> to the appropriate documentation?

Might want to start with the basics before you try pulling off installing 
something with a bunch of dependencies by hand; it'll just put you off the 
whole Linux experience.

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