View Full Version : newbie needs help before throwing in the towel

20th July 2004, 06:53 AM
Hi all,
I am on the edge of returning back to my hated windows os because I can't seem to get anything to happen with my newly installed fedora core 2.
I first installed it a few days ago now and can't find any tutorials to help with doing anything.
I have tried to install firefox but can't get any further than downloading it.
Have also downloaded the flash plug in but downloading it again is all I have managed to do.
being a total newbie I just cant seem to find any help with getting anything to happen.

any links would be much appreciated

20th July 2004, 06:55 AM
you can install the rm from dag site : http://dag.wieers.com/packages/firefox/

take the good rpm for you and download it.

After, as root type : rpm -ivh the_firefox_package.rpm

When it's done, go to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins and copy all of the files in /usr/lib/firefox/plugins

the same thing for /usr/lib/mozilla/components.

And check if you have a .mozilla directory in you /home/muyser

If .mozilla exists, do the same thins, copy all files in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins in .mozilla/plugins

hope it helps,


20th July 2004, 07:27 AM
Many thanks for your reply.

However this is all that I can manage to get.

error: open of fthe_firefix_package.rpm failed: No such file or directory

20th July 2004, 07:48 AM
On the off chance that you took deuch's instructions too literally:

do an "ls firefox*" [no quotes]

you should see the correct name of the package you downloaded, something like "firefox-0.8-3.1.fc2.dag.i386.rpm" [no quotes]

substitute the actual name or better yet use auto complete by hitting the tab key

as root type : rpm -ivh firefox[tab]

verify that it completes to the package you intended.

20th July 2004, 08:04 AM
great. thanks a bunch.

That has done it.

Is there a good site I can got to to learn how to do things like that.

Thanks again

20th July 2004, 08:26 AM
A good place to starte is the Fedora Faqs...http://www.fedorafaq.org/

20th July 2004, 09:40 AM
You might want to think about picking up a good book about Linux and RedHat/Fedora in particular. I'm sure there are some good threads on the subject on this forum regarding which ones are better than others.

In the mean time here are some helpful websites:

http://fedoranews.org/.............................................Helpf ul tutorials and tips and tricks
http://linux.about.com/.............................................Good general resource
http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/..................................Good Administrators overview

http://www.unixguide.net/linux/linuxshortcuts.shtml....Good command cheat-sheet

http://www.google.com/groups?as_ugroup=*linux*......Google groups

Of course I've found this forum to be one of the best resources for Fedora specific help. Just use the search feature for the forum.

Welcome aboard the Penguin train... it's a trip! :)

20th July 2004, 08:28 PM
sorry, i would be more clear ... the next time i'll make it better :)


21st July 2004, 12:02 AM
Also, if you'd like an easy way to install software, check out http://fedoranews.org/contributors/tim_taylor/synaptic/

21st July 2004, 02:08 AM
Hey Fazo

Hang in there its worth the ride and fun

I am a newbie too surrounded by windows and 600 kilometers from the nearest Linux user group

Have fun and DON'T THROW IN THE TOWEL, you'll get alll the help you want in this forum