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So, title pretty much sums it up.

I'm new to Linux. How new you ask? About 26 minutes worth. of those 26 minutes, 23 was doing system updates. Small victories are the way to go, that way you can constantly feel like Charlie Sheen.

Anywho... I open up Firefox in Fedora 14 after all my system updates and what is presented to me? OUT OF DATE! FF4.0 is AWESOME and you NEED IT! So I'm all like ... "k." I download the Linux version. I try to open the file and there's a bunch of executable text files that don't do anything when I execute them. I search all the folders, don't find anything that sounds like it'd be an installation method, so I start searching around Linux. Maybe their software updating and installation process is more intuitive. I stumble upon Add/Remove Software. Now, Add/Remove software with Windows is CRAP. It adds nothing and only deletes. I figured there's no way Linux would do this too... So I use the search bar in that window, find Firefox, double click it, next thing you know my Firefox is uninstalling. I panic, click cancel and close the window, but the damage is already done.

So I still have the FF4.0 download somewhere (wherever fedora or FF defaults as a download folder... someone wanna help me find that too?), a broken browser, no idea how to install the new browser. I tried mounting it first? but that made the files I can't do anything with to install a browser into their own virtual drive or something... lol

I want to understand Linux, I really do... but it has been a rough 26 minutes. lol

TL;DR - I deleted Firefox and I don't know how to install anything in Fedora 14. I have FF4.0 downloaded whereever the default FireFox download folder is (don't know where that is) but have no clue what I'm doing.

P.S. Side issue... my primary monitor (left) has my desktop icons. My secondary monitor (right) has the top and bottom bars and no icons and my log on prompt when turning on the system is on the right screen... any way to get all that stuff to combine itself on the left screen like it should be?

P.P.S. Second side issue... my Linux drive, when selected as my boot drive at BIOS splash screen (F12 with this board) makes it so that if I restart my computer my RAID 0 array is offline (primary windows installation) and I can only boot onto my 500gb WD Caviar Black storage drive (that happens to have windows installed on it as well) and my 320GB Seagate drive. Any idea why? I hear I have fakeRAID (ICH10R) but it is confusing the hell out of me. If I shut down the system completely and press the power button to turn it back on, my RAID array is back.

Sorry for rambling.
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prolly a way to obtain a copy through terminal
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ok first open the terminal.

make sure you have super user privileges.

rpm -ivh http://rpms.famillecollet.com/remi-release-14.rpm

then

yum update firefox –enablerepo=remi

now go open firefox and get your internetz back.
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ok first open the terminal.

Make sure you have super user privileges.

Rpm -ivh http://rpms.famillecollet.com/remi-release-14.rpm

then

yum update firefox –enablerepo=remi

now go open firefox and get your internetz back.
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Sorry.

If you'r only 26mins in, just reinstall! And get ready for a punch in the face worth of frustration - everyday - 5 times a day - for a few months. Linux is daunting and challenging. I've been fooling around with it off and on for a while now. It can make you mad.
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What is this "terminal" you speak of
Something you swipe your credit card through....
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K, probably silly question but... How do I ensure that I have super user priveleges? When I start up the OS, it prompts me to log in using an account it had me create (Daniel) but I guess Daniel isn't admin? not sure... I'll play around with that.

Also... as to reformatting and starting fresh. No. I want to learn how to fix things (hence my asking). I know I could have reformatted but that won't teach me how to correct that issue again (barring i delete the internet again)

Thanks for help! I'll give this all a shot when I get home (at work now). And I'll shoot reps around when i get home too seeing as IE5 or IE6... whatever this thing is running, the +REP button doesn't work lol
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K, probably silly question but... How do I ensure that I have super user priveleges? When I start up the OS, it prompts me to log in using an account it had me create (Daniel) but I guess Daniel isn't admin? not sure... I'll play around with that.

Also... as to reformatting and starting fresh. No. I want to learn how to fix things (hence my asking). I know I could have reformatted but that won't teach me how to correct that issue again (barring i delete the internet again)

Thanks for help! I'll give this all a shot when I get home (at work now). And I'll shoot reps around when i get home too seeing as IE5 or IE6... whatever this thing is running, the +REP button doesn't work lol
when you setup fedora, it should've asked you in two seperate section to setup passwords, once for the "super user" and the second for the account you created (where you filled in the details of the account, like your name, the username and the password.)

in terminal to gain "super user" access, since sudo is not setup by default for the first created user, you will need to use su -c or su to gain "super user access".

the password it ask for will be the super user password you entered at the install, not your user password that goes along with your account (which shouldn't be the same, unless you made them the same, which is just bad security procedure on your part if you did that )

so a proper yum install in fedora for super user would be as follows:

su -c "yum install <name of program>"

or if you just do:

su

it will ask for the password, and it will "log" you in the terminal as the super user known as "root", from there you can just run without the quotes like:

yum install <name of program>

edit: btw, love the title of the thread, i got a giggle
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