[ILUG] Installing software on Linux (Specifically Fedora core 3)
david.jamison1 at ntlworld.com
Sat Mar 19 09:02:23 GMT 2005
Im getting so frustrated here!
Im trying to do two things at once at the moment firstly Im undertaking
the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform and combining with
that using Linux to do it on.
I was completely successful in downloading and installing on to the
Linux box j2sdk its up and running fine so no issues there.
I want to use VIM as the text editor (no particular reason apart from Vi
then VIM where the editors I started with) was reading about Kvim and
decided to give it a run to evaluate (This partly because the version of
VIM included with Fedora seems a bit limited). So I go to
http://www.freehackers.org/kvim/ and take a download of the RPM. They
do talk about Yzis but lets not go there yet! This gives a dependency
of /usr/bin/nawk and libGLcore.so.1 and neither seems to be available
for download. So a couple of hours wasted there!
I was working away with the Java and came across JEdit Thinking this was
worth a look at downloaded it extracted it and there was an install
script so went with it but it is looking for switches but there is no
indication of which does what. going through the extract I noticed
documentation such as installation.txt and general.html going into
/usr/share/jedit-4.2/doc but when I go to find the said
/usr/share/jedit4-2 to is not there!!!! More time wasted!
I really think software installation is the biggest issue that is
holding Linux back. I do appreciate that packages have to be such they
are available (for example) in a format accessible by all the distros
and switches are for configuration and so on but as in the case the
software was only going on for a "look see" as both packages may or may
not be fit for the purpose I have in mind it most certainly did not
justify the time and effort put into it. On the other hand either or
both might have been exactly what was required and therefore I lose out!
1. Does anyone know how I could quickly get either Kvim or JEdit up and
2. Is there anything actually better (easier) than KVim or JEdit. The
former for editing Java Files and the Latter as a graphical environment
for Java development
3. Is there anything Im specifically missing in terms of installation
of software in Linux?
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