Dan wrote:
Now I'm looking for software, free / open source. I went to sourceforge,
but was surprised that they didn't let you select projects that support
Linux, leaving you to wade through all of the Windows-only titles.


Also, if it says it runs on Linux, will it always run on Ubuntu?

Generally. Although there may not be a pre-built package for Ubuntu.

And, what do I do with the downloads? Being a Windows weenie, I'm familiar
with what to do with a "Windows EXE". But what about JARs? TGZ's? GZ's?

You'll probably get source that you need to build. Some projects have
pre-built packages available (DEB, RPM, etc), that can be installed
without going through the source build.

Right now, I'm looking at LenMus (http://sourceforge.net/projects/lenmus);
the main page shows:
*Operating System*: All 32-bit MS Windows
All BSD Platforms (FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD/Apple Mac OS
All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like
but the downloads page has only an installer for Windows!

I would say that project was mis-categorized. Since there's no tarball
(tar.gz), it's probably not designed for *nix.


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