FC Beginner: is there sth like "Program Files" in Linux?

1. hi, in winXP, all program are, by default, installed in the "Program Files" directory. So, is there a directory like that in Linux where we install the program into?

1. and also, if i install an application as standard user, can other user uses the application as well? maybe i just need to set the permission for them?

3., how to uninstall an application? can i just move the whole dir to trash? do i need to concern about registry setting?

4. I have install an application, Realplayer. but everytime i need to run it, i have to go to the dir that i install the application, or run the link. is there a way to put it in the program menu? like in windows, start -> program...

tks in advanced!

PS: sorry for asking question by refering to windows, i have been windows user for past 10 years, and i just step into Linux last week.

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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAsked:
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giltjrCommented:
Some programs are distributed as source code in tar files.  So generally you:

     untar the file
     issue the command ./configure from where the source code was un-tar'ed
     issue the command ./make
     issue the command ./make install

I call it 'make', but there may be other more correct terms.  However I generally do not use this.  I search down and find rpm's, only if I can't find a rpm then I decided if I really want the program.  If I really want it, then I will get the source and compile it.
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giltjrCommented:
/bin
/sbin
/usr/bin
/usr/sbin

How are you installing and uninstalling programs?  If you use rpm to install and uninstall, the programs will be removed, yum uses rpm under the covers.

If you are using tar and make, there is no uninstall that I am aware of, so you have know where all of the files are and manually delete them.
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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAuthor Commented:
the 'installer' is a .bin file
i just install it:
./asdf.bin

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giltjrCommented:
Well, if it is just a bin file, then you need to check with where you got the program and see if they have a uninstaller.
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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAuthor Commented:
>>If you are using tar and make
what do you mean by "make" file?
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InNoCenT_Ch1ldAuthor Commented:
icic..

well, i think i better close this question for now..i have got answer for some question above, and some still unanswer..but i think it's better i post it under another question.. the title of this question abit... hmm, misleading ;-)

tks for you help
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