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#1 paulxx

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 05:05 AM

Ok, I'm pretty new to Ubuntu. I've been using Windows since I was born. My question is this.
Windows has the giant directory "Program Files" that consolidates all of the programs that you might have installed.

How does Linux work in this respect? Should I consolidate programs to a specific place in the File System, or am I supposed to just build my own kind of organization inside of the "Home" folder?

I have no idea what the bleep I'm doing with Linux. Any kind of newbie tips would be nice.

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Posted 05 August 2007 - 05:54 AM

I'd suggest posting your questions in the Linux forums for a better answer.
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Posted 06 August 2007 - 09:54 PM

This is a good place to start. Happy reading! :huh:

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 10:03 PM

most are stored in the /bin folders (each user has one)

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Posted 06 August 2007 - 10:03 PM

The majority of system-wide executable files that are not essential to the operating system are going to be found in /usr/bin/ and /usr/sbin (system binaries). Analogous to C:\Program Files (more or less).

/bin and /sbin are the directories for essential system binaries and are kind of like C:\Windows
/etc is where configuration files are stored. Windows has a central database for its config information called the registry, so you could kind of compare it to that.

The Wiki article has a good map on which directories hold what.
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