dstiles - 12:38 am on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
It has been mentioned here and in other threads that linux installation is simple. Agreed: it is for standard apps that appear in Add/Remove. Even some of those in Synaptic. Others in Synaptic require "search and fiddle" to make them work. I've tried, sometimes successfully, to find forums that tell me where I'm going wrong (uninstall this, install that) but I shouldn't have to.
I have just installed, from Synaptic, the packages rar and unrar-free. Installation went fine. When I looked for them they were not in the menu. Ok, they are probably both command line apps, although I've seen rar shown as having a gui.
I can run apps in Terminal - have been for 30 years on various machines - but it's annoying on a modern OS to have to hunt for app names that one only remembers vaguely. Of about 20 apps installed in the past six months I can remember the names of only a few that I use regularly. What's wrong with adding them into a Menu named something like "Terminal Apps" which automatically opens Terminal with, for example, the Help option running? That would be a time-saver and make it easier for newbies as well as forgetful guys like me.
Three or four apps I've installed using Synaptic over the past month or so have failed. The latest GUI was dns-browse. I have yet to find time to discover why it's not working and why it's not shown in the Menu. It appears to be a wish script (wish is apparently installed). I tried clicking on the script, which offered to run in Terminal or as an app: both modes failed (in Terminal, "Command not found"; if I prepend it with "wish" it says "no such file or directory"). That should all be sorted before I get the app. If it needs configuration (eg paths) then that should be dealt with at install time. If it doesn't run in Ubuntu, don't offer it at all.
I LIKE linux and it does a lot of what I want "out of the box" but it can be so frustrating at times. :(