newbie.. I cant seem to install any programs i get from the web.

i can install form the software center but when i download a program on line i get something like this.

gedit has not been able to detect the character coding.
Please check that you are not trying to open a binary file.
Select a character coding from the menu and try again.

I know ZERO about using linux, using it to support the free software movement.

So i figured that gedit might not be the thing to use.. but i dont know what to use..

Ps I dont uderstand the super brainy jargon.. go easy..
im using ubuntu 9.10

Are you running program from

Are you running program from the Applications menu? This message may means that you are trying to open binary file and not a text file. Program is always binary (11010010) file.

Describe what did you do and ask directly!


As the person above asks, it is difficult to understand what you want to do. What is the program you are trying to install?
As a guide, if you were using Windows, would you use Microsoft Word to try and install an "exe" file? No you wouldn't. The same applies here: gedit is a type of word processor, so in Ubuntu it isn't normally used for installing a file.
Although I'm a novice, it seems to me the two most common ways of installing files are either: 1) use the Synaptic Manager (System -Applications - Synaptic Package Manager) or 2) to use manual commands ... which it is what the experts use. In addition, if you go to the Applications menu you will see the Ubuntu Software Centre, which also has lots of very good programs in it.

The Linux distributions (which Ubuntu is one of them) use a central repository for officially approved software. The programs there generally are good and will run without any problems.
As a guide, if you were interested in installing the Google Chrome browser, I would go to the Synaptic Package Manager, click on it, enter my password, then type "Chrome" in the search box and up will pop an entry for that browser. I'd then right click on the small box and select "Mark for installation", then click on "Apply" and wait. It will take a few minutes to download and install, and then often (but not always) you can immediately start using the program several seconds after getting the "installation completed" message.