- Many Platforms Make Light Work
- Linux: Where to Place Your Software
- Download a Copy of Your Required Linux Distribution
- Getting any Updates for Your Linux System
- Setting the Linux Date and Time
- Getting Out of Linux Back to Windows
- Installing a Desktop GUI on Your Linux System
- Downloading and Installing the Sun JDK
- Modifying the .profile File
- Testing the Software Installation
- Caution: Modifying the notroot Configuration
- Shutting Down Your Linux System
Linux: Where to Place Your Software
To begin, let's briefly review a couple of important directories that can be found on any Linux installation starting with the /etc folder. This folder is a key destination in Linuxland; it's used to do such important things as stopping and starting the system, manipulating network interfaces, changing startup options, and so on.
Another key Linux location is the /opt folder, which is the location you can use to store software packages you want to add to the system. There aren't any hard and fast rules about this, but a typical installation might place the JDK in a path such as /opt/java/jdk. We'll be using the /opt folder a little later on.