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Setup KDE Part2

There will be many tasks that require root permission.  Linux makes this easy to do.  First, we are going to open the "root" (or Super User) file manager. 
kde21.jpg Open the main menu and scroll up to "System".  Then over and down to the bottom and "More Applications".  The "File manager" is the first app, and the "root" (or Super User) terminal is the bottom app.
kde22.jpg Click on the file manager and a small box will pop up asking for the "root" password.  You only have to type in the 'root' password this one time until you close the file manager.
kde23.jpg Next open the "Terminal Program" at the bottom of the menu (it is like a DOS window).  Again, you will be asked for the "root" password, then allowed root access until you close the terminal. 
I like to have my folders displayed as small icons in "list" view.  If you like the large icons, then by all means keep them. At least let me show you how to save your preferences.
kde24.jpg Open the file manager (if you closed it) and click the red file folder in the column of icons on the left.  Now click on the red file folder at the top of the blue ones. You should see blue file folders in the box on the right.
kde25.jpg This is your 'root' menu where you will add a folder later on.  To change the look, go to the "View" menu at the top of the screen, scroll down to the first line: "View Mode", then over and down to "List" view or "Detail" view.
To save your preferences, select the "Settings" menu from the top menu bar and scroll down to "Save view profile 'File Management'".
kde26.jpg Now you can save your changes to the "File Management" profile or rename the profile to make a new profile.  Add "Save window size" if you wish.
Now that we know our way around a bit, let's install some software.
kde27.jpg Open the main menu and scroll up to "System", then over and down to "KPackage".  This utility will add and remove programs for us.  Click on "acpid", the first entry.
kde28.jpg The box on the right contains a brief description of the app and other important info.  The next tab, "File list",  tells you where to find the program's files.  This is useful when making shortcuts.
The text box or search box at the top of the left column makes finding programs to install easy.
kde29.jpg For example, type "wine" (no quotes).  KPackage automatically searches for the program.  Unfortunately, "Wine" is not included in the "KDE" install CD.  But that is OK because I have added "Wine" and other files to the CD.
We have several options, ways to use the files on the CD.  I think it is better to learn more about the package manager, so I want to use it to install the extra software.  
kde30.jpg First, have the "Super User File Manager" open with the red root folder at the top.  Then put the install CD back in the CD drive and let it spin up.  We want the files to open in a new window, so click OK.
kde31.jpg If this window ends up on a different desktop than the 'file manager', right click the dark blue bar at the top of the window and move it to the same desktop as the file manager.
Now copy the "xtra folder" from the CD to the root menu window.  You can drag-and-drop or right-click on the "xtra folder" on the CD, select "Copy", then right-click the file window under the "Var" blue folder and select "Paste".
kde32.jpg I can't explain why, but I would get an error message the every time I tried to copy this folder.  If you get this error, just try the steps again, it always worked the second time for me.
kde33.jpg If not, you can also create the new folder, "xtra", in the file manager window and then copy the files from the "xtra" folder on the CD to the "xtra" folder you just created.
After the files have been moved, we need to tell the package manager where it can find these files.  Go back to "KPackage" and select the "Settings" menu at the top menu bar.  Then select "Configure KPackage".
kde34.jpg When the box opens find the "Location of packages" bar and click it.  There are two tabs in this window, "A1" and "F2".  A1 lists the Internet sources KPackage will search for programs to download and install.
Oh, the CD install disk is also listed here because that is where all the install files were located. If you are doing the "net install" and you get tired of KPackage repeatedly asking for the "Install CD", you can de-select it here. The F2 tab lists other locations for KPackage to search.  Click it and select the first line by clicking the button next to "Use". Then click the bar on the right to open a search window.
kde35.jpg Select the "xtra" folder at the bottom of the file list and start clicking the "OK"s.  You will need root permission to install or remove apps so enter the root password when requested.
kde36.jpg Now go back to the top right menu of "KPackage" to the "Special" menu, then over to "Update". It will take a few minutes for KPackage to process all this new information.
If you are using a really slow computer, you could probably get something to drink or take a bathroom break. 
kde37.jpg When it has finished, type "Wine" into the search text box again.  If everything goes right, Wine and its supporting apps will appear.  Clicking the little dots next to the program names puts a check mark there.
At the bottom of the window is a "Install Marked" selection bar.  Click that to start the program installation.
kde38.jpg The "Install" window pops up and you get to see the apps you selected and any supporting files needed.  If all goes well, the "Result" will equal zero.  If not, review the text to see what needs to be fixed.

 

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