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Linux challenged Senior, not that it stops me...
Dec 28, 2001
Corner of No and Where
Perfect thread title: "little linux help."

Thats all I usually am :D

tar -xvf FILENAME is what I usually use; I check any readme- type files first in case there are any particular instructions, but that does it most of the time.

I use Opera in linux mostly, although I have Netscape on my Linux boxes as well. Opera is a lot faster and smoother though.


Senior Member
Jun 16, 2001
opera is the fastest linux browser imho though on your system mozilla should be just fine


Forums Super Moderator
Feb 20, 2001
Tar has, among others, the following options:

-v means verbose, -q means quiet = use these to regulate how much text appears on screen.

-c means make an archive, -x means extract = use only one of these

-z means zip/unzip the tar while compiling/decompiling an archive. Ie, if you use it with c it will compress the archive after making it, use it with x to unzip it before extracting.

Goodness knows what -f means but I use it anyway :p

So you do:

tar zxvf <file>

To unzip and extract a .tar.gz or .tgz file.

Or tar xvf <file> to extract a .tar file.

As for browsers, I use mozilla or galeon. Check out the downloadable themes for mozilla, as some of them are pretty cool.



Nov 30, 2001
Sounds like everyone already answered your tar question ,but as for the Web Browser. I use Phoenix.

Check it out phoenix


Senior Member
Jun 8, 2002
If you want speed, a text based browser is defintely best. Of course, you'll get no images or anything fancy. I personally prefer Links over Lynx, but why not try em both?