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Default How do I install Frostwire on Linux

Hey Folks below are the instructions someone posted to download frostwire onto linux. This is great unless you are a total newbie to linux (which is me and probably tons of other people) For us newbies we need alot more detail because I have no idea what any of that below means.

What is "Alien" and how do you install it?
What is and how do you create and install a debian package?
What is a rpm?
What is sudo alien LimewireLinux.rpm. What is sudo dpkg -i limewire-free_{version-number}_i386.deb. and how do you install these things?

I feel like an idiot but please remember some of us have been living in the windows world where we download a program, find the execution file, double click it and it installs.

Linux is an awesome operating system and I love how solid and bullet proof it is but I know why it has never gone mainstream. The average person is just not capable nor do they have the time of doing all this.

Can anyone help and post some really detailed instructions. I did download the noarch.tar.gz That is as far as I got. Thanks!

1. Download the latest LimeWire from

2. Make sure you have "alien" installed:
sudo apt-get install alien

3. Create a debian package from the rpm:
sudo alien LimewireLinux.rpm

4. Install the debian package:
sudo dpkg -i limewire-free_{version-number}_i386.deb

There should be an entry in the programs menu if you are using KDE or Gnome. You will also be able to start limewire by typing "limewire" in the terminal.
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Default Installing LimeWire on Linux and Java - what am I doing wrong?

A total newbie to Linux but I did find some great newbie feeds for information. I'm using Ubuntu Linux 12.04.

However, LimeWire and Java are a total different kettle of fish.

I removed all versions of Java and java settings after continual LW install problems with same message each time.
I installed Sun (Oracle) Java 1.6, because I had no luck with the open source version. (my Ubuntu only runs the 64-bit sun java.)

LimeWirePirateEdition.deb file always tells me it needs either java 6 or 7 but cannot find them. Identical whether I use Software Centre or Terminal. My problem is identical to this [ubuntu] intalling limewire: java dependency does not satisfy. Thus I am unable to install LW 5. That thread does not actually give an answer to the problem, it only says how to install Sun Java.

I tried to install the LW 4.18.8.deb and same issue.

Anybody be able to help here with getting LW 5.deb up and running on Linux?

I then tried the and finally got LW 4.16 to open. Problem here is each time I open LW, I keep getting asked to do setup again. I tried moving a fresh connection file from desktop to ~/.limewire via terminal but LW would not connect regardless. The only way I was able to connect was to manually add a few hosts and then all was good for connecting each time I started LW4 (and non-firewalled.) This LW4 program folder sits on the desktop.
Edit: Nevermind, after a reboot the need to redo setup problem stopped. I was later able to use without problem and connected fine. But I want to find how to install the LW deb versions successfully. The fact that LW 5.4.7 (Other) works fine with this java leaves me pondering what the problem is with the deb packages.

Or are deb files not intended for Ubuntu? Here someone explains how to get the deb versions to run if not running on a system that supports deb files (similar to the zipped other version.) But if ubuntu supports deb, then I'd like to be able to overcome whatever issue is causing my problem.
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I decided to merge my thread with this one since this is where I should have posted in the first place.

Software Centre's response:

How to install LimeWire on Ubuntu, Debian-ubuntu-lpe_deb-install-problem.png

Terminal's response:
parallels@parallels-Parallels-Virtual-Platform:~$ cd /home/parallels/Desktop
parallels@parallels-Parallels-Virtual-Platform:~/Desktop$ sudo dpkg -i LimeWirePirateEdition.deb
Selecting previously unselected package limewire-basic.
(Reading database ... 205408 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking limewire-basic (from LimeWirePirateEdition.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of limewire-basic:
 limewire-basic depends on sun-java6-jre | icedtea-java7-jre | sun-java6-jdk | icedtea-java7-jdk; however:
  Package sun-java6-jre is not installed.
  Package icedtea-java7-jre is not installed.
  Package sun-java6-jdk is not installed.
  Package icedtea-java7-jdk is not installed.
dpkg: error processing limewire-basic (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for gconf2 ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
Is there a reason the deb package is ignoring my sun java 1.6 (64-bit)?

1. LWOther version works fine with this java.
2. At some point I made this java the default and point to it. Even though there should supposedly no other versions of java installed after using How to completely uninstall Java? - Ask Ubuntu
parallels@parallels-Parallels-Virtual-Platform:~/Desktop$ sudo update-alternatives --config java
[sudo] password for parallels: 
There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java).

  Selection    Path                                            Priority   Status
  0            /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java   1061      auto mode
  1            /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk-amd64/jre/bin/java   1061      manual mode
* 2            /usr/lib/jvm/jre1.6.0_43/bin/java                1         manual mode

Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number: 

parallels@parallels-Parallels-Virtual-Platform:~/Desktop$ java -version
java version "1.6.0_43"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_43-b01)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 20.14-b01, mixed mode)
(I have no idea why the ubuntu system still references the java installed originally or the 1.6 open source by me. I removed references to them in the install history.)

Yep also tried:
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/<your version of java> . . . export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/jre1.6.0_43/bin/java
export PATH=${PATH}:${JAVA_HOME}/bin . . . (New location of Java to read from)

echo $PATH

What else can I try?
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