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Re: How to install software compressed in tar.gz?
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2014, 01:06:42 pm »
The "usual" way of installing software in Linux is from the default repositories, through your package managers (Software Center and/or Synaptic) which will download and install the software from repositories that are checked for malicious content .. you can also be fairly sure any software installed through your package managers has been tested as working on your system.

Downloading packages (even .deb) from the internet is a bad Windows habit you need to break

The Linux repository system is a major component in what makes Linux so secure .. only bypass it if/when you understand the implications.

Yes, .deb packages will *usually* install without issue as they are the default package for Debian/Ubuntu/Peppermint
But it's still unwise to download them from the web until you understand the implications.

If you think about it, the Linux repository system is the envy of other OS's and one that Apple have copied (badly) with the Apple Store, and Windows are trying to copy with the windows 8 store.
WARNING: You are logged into reality as 'root' .. logging in as 'insane' is the only safe option.

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Re: How to install software compressed in tar.gz?
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2014, 02:02:57 am »
In the User's Guide
under 4. Installing and Removing Software,
 in the information about
The Synaptic Package Manager & GDebi Package Installer
I found the last answers to my questions.