Installing Applications from the Web
Now, it must be said that whenever you install anything direct from the web, you must be especially careful. These applications have not been certified by your distro provider and you need to exercise due diligence before you download anything (–as you would on any operating system).
That said, there will be times when an application will not be available via your Software Centre and, in these cases, you'll need to download the package using your browser then open it with your Software Centre.
.. there will be times when an application will not be available via your Software Centre and .. you'll need to download the package using your browser ..
Where possible, choose the package intended for your distribution. Note that Ubuntu and Mint are based on Debian Linux (-so packages will have a .deb extension). Fedora is based on RHEL (-so packages will have a .rpm extension). Puppy has it's own .pet extension, but these are few and far between. If you cannot find a native install package for your distro, you may have to download the source and install manually.
In the example below, we are using an Ubuntu system, so we have chosen to open the .deb package from Amazon:
If your browser is so configured (-here we are using Firefox and you can see the default application to open a .deb package is the Software Centre) choose to open the file with your Software Centre. If your browser doesn't prompt you, then simply download the file to disc and then double click it – which should launch the Software Centre:
From here, it's simply a case of clicking the “Install” button and following the standard Software Centre installation process.