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I have Xubuntu 9.04 running in our old machine at home. I'm looking to run some interactive fiction interpreters such as Frobtads there as well. However, it appears most of the Linux versions of the general IF software are in source form. Pre-compiled binaries are usually available either for Windows users or for other versions of Linux (Debian, etc.).

Do I generally need to compile these if it's only available in source form? What considerations should I keep in mind when doing so?

N.B.: Please provide as much detail as possible. I'm still exploring how to use most of Xubuntu :)

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You will want to find the .deb and .rpm packages. On the Frobtads page they provide a link for you to this website.

You will also want to search the Ubuntu packages. Packages you find on there can be installed using apt like so:

sudo apt-get install package_name

of course, replacing package_name appropriately.

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From what I understand, I download them, apt-get any dependencies (required files), then unpack them. Is that it? –  Isxek Aug 11 '09 at 15:43
    
you can use apt to install the entire program if it's in the repos. If you find a .deb file you can simply open terminal and use dpkg -i file.deb –  John T Aug 11 '09 at 16:09
    
Thanks. Finally got it working. +1 for the Ubuntu packages link to the other games as well. :) –  Isxek Aug 14 '09 at 16:06

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