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I am unable to install programs for the Ubuntu 10.10 system. The download is ok, but when attempting to install them, the following message is displayed,

AN ERROR OCCURRED WHILE OPENING THE ARCHIVE

END-OF-CENTRAL-DIRECTORY SIGNATURE NOT FOUND etc.......

ZIPINFO: CANNOT FIND ZIPFILE DIRECTORY IN etc......

As I am new to Ubuntu and also fairly "green" as far as computer terminology is concerned, I have no idea what this means and don't have a clue on how to fix it.

Can you help please?

Many thanks, Brian Buck

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What were you trying to install? –  dv3500ea Jan 2 '11 at 17:03
    
Could you give us some more inforamtion?Are you trying to install it from source?What program you were trying to install? –  karthick87 Jan 2 '11 at 17:52
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Was it just one program that did this, multiple? Where you using the software center, synaptic package manager, downloaded .deb file, compiling from source? More info and I'm sure one of us here can happily help you out. –  Adam Thompson Jan 2 '11 at 18:04
    
What did you precisely do to get this error ? –  Maxime R. Jan 2 '11 at 18:35
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Please give us the complete output of sudo apt-get install packageOfYourChoiceGoesHere. Thanks. –  Bobby Jan 2 '11 at 20:51

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Sounds like you're trying to run unzip or double click on a .zip or .msi. file. You probably downloaded a program for Windows.

Linux programs are usually distributed as .deb files, or sometimes .rpm, .bin, or .tar.gz.

Try to find a .deb file, then you can just double click on it to install it.

In the case of WorldWide Telescope, it looks like you need the "Web Client" version.

Follow the instructions here to install Moonlight and then the appropriate browser extension.

Or if you really need to run a Windows version, read about Wine.

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Thank you. Will try your suggestion. –  Brian Buck Feb 8 '11 at 18:45
    
@Brian Buck Did it work? If so, mark this as the answer! –  djeikyb Mar 17 '11 at 11:37

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