Installing Gnutella

For : MEPIS Linux

While the open source movement is more concerned with sharing information and ideas rather than music, the fact remains that among many users of the Windows operating system the practice of sharing files over peer to peer networks is common.  Moving these Window users to another OS is sometimes difficult as they do not want to leave their Napster or Kazaa behind.  Illegal music downloading aside, file sharing is often times useful for obtaining music no longer on the market.  I mean, lets be honest.  I'm not exactly going to be able to find Liaison, Idle Cure, Shout, or P.I.D. in RIAA controlled stores. 

In answer to the file sharing, this install will look at Gnutella.  While Gnutella has some work to do on filters, it is at least a serviceable file sharing program for the Morpheus/Limewire networks.

Once again we will be avoiding the command line and using GUI (Graphic User Interface) programs to install Gnutella.  In this case, we will again be using Kpackage


1:  Open the K menu, go up to SYSTEM and then click on Kpackage




2: Once Kpackage is open, click on the tab that says NEW





3: Click on File then on Find Package





4: In the Find Package box, type in gnutella





5: If the screen looks different, I've moved the Find Package box so that the program description is not obscured.  Anyway, there is the program we are looking for.





6: Just click the Install button





7: At this point, Kpackage should ask you for the root password.  Type the password in.





8: Hit the Install button





9: And then hit done





10: Go ahead and close any programs that are open, and open Personal Files





11: Once the Personal Files load, hit the up arrow twice





12: You should now be at file:/ 

Click on the folder that says usr





13: Once in usr, click on the folder that says bin





14: Once again there are a lot of files in the way.  Just click in between any two icons and tap G on the keyboard.





15: Once in the G section we are looking for Gtk-gnutella





16: Once you have found gtk-gnutella, hold down the left click on the mouse and move the icon out onto the desktop. Release the mouse.





17:  When you let go of the mouse, a menu will pop up.  Simply choose Link Here





18: There it is, a nice tidy link to gtk-gnutella on the desktop.  Go ahead and click to make sure the program is working.





19: And there it is.





20: While most of these guides focus on the install of the programs instead of actually using the programs, I am going to show one lil trick that will make Gnutella slightly easier to use.  Right now, in the above picture, the search bar side is seperated from the server list side by a long straight bar.  If you click on that bar you can change the size of the fields like so:






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