I am totally new on Linux and I am using a CentOS Red Hat Linux Machine....My problem is that...I can not seem to be able to install anything. I have a tab called Applications and when expanding the menu, I get System Tool, then Terminal Window. I think that is where I should start my command line on installing.
But I have never installed anything on Linux before. I have my software Unzipped to my E:/ drive which is an external Hard-drive.
Can anyone please give me a step my step DUMMY help on how to Install software on this machine (i.e. SmartFoxServer)
Thank you in advance guys.
Well, you've decided to try Linux, so you're certainly NOT a DUMMY. Typically, the way to install software on Red Hat (incl. Fedora, CentOS, etc.) is via yum. For example, if you wanted to install nmap, you would open a Terminal (as you have done), su to root:
then install nmap:
yum install nmap
To see all packages available in the repo, do
yum list available
Your specific package (SmartFoxServer) is probably not in the repos, so you'll have to install it manually. Sometimes that means recompiling from source, sometimes it means running an installer. Let's say you have downloaded the setup software in a file called SFSBASIC_linux_1.5.5.tar.gz. Here's what you'd do (in your terminal):
tar zxvf /path/to/SFSBASIC_linux_1.5.5.tar.gz
You might need to be root for this installer, not sure how it all works...
As for accessing your external drive, it *should* have been done for you wnen you plugged it in (USB, I assume). If not, never fear. It is probably /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc. Look in dmesg, after you plug it in:
Just look in that output from something related to sda, sdb. Also, you can look in /var/log/messages:
tail -f /var/log/messages
If the disk is, e.g., /dev/sda, the partitions would be /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2. Get a list of partitions, by doing (as root):
fdisk -l /dev/sda
Then try mounting the first partition you find with:
mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /media
Now you should see your files in /media. So if your software was there, the above "tar" command might be:
tar zxvf /media/SFSBASIC_linux_1.5.5.tar.gz
Good luck and post your progress!