When you download linux files or programs, for example Real Player, what do you open the files with?????¬†
What extension does it open with. Is it .exe, or .bat, or what?????
Please refer to the discussion you created at http://www.linux.com/community...
Please refer to the discussion you created at http://www.linux.com/community/forums?func=view&catid=18&id=7011 so we can review your chosen distro and apps so we can guide you in the right direction.
OK, I think your confusing Linux and Windows. Most every program that you...
OK, I think your confusing Linux and Windows. Most every program that you will need will be contained in your distro's repos. Non-free programs are available in special multimedia repos that are setup separate from the main repositories. When you install a program in Linux, you can do it from the command line (as gareth explained in the first comment), or you can use the Add/Remove Software app in your distro's menu to do the installing for you. Once you install a program (app) in Linux it will be available in your menu system.
Unless your trying to install something that is not contained in your distro's repos, there is no need to manually start it from a command line (unless it is specifically meant to be called from a terminal). BTW - in Linux there is no need for exe or bat files.
depends on what distro you use. debian and Debian based ( ubuntu, linux mint,...
depends on what distro you use. debian and Debian based ( ubuntu, linux mint, etc) use .deb files. Fedora, Opensuse use .rpm files. Both double click and install. If its a .tar.gz file it is usually the source and needs to be compiled, ( ./configure, make and make install ) from the command line.
The best way is to use the package manager of your distro. Debian and the like use Synaptic, Others use YUM and Arch Linux ( my favourite ) uses pacman. These are programs that search an online repository for the software and then download and install it for you. here are some links
compile from source - http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/softinstall.html
there are other ways but these are the main ones, others might tell you about them.
Oh by the way .exe is a windows file and dose not work in linux, ( i know about wine but this is not the place ).
Hope this helps and please consider linux.
all the best