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Please pardon the elementary question.

I'm going through this tutorial.

I would like to install hadoop on vm ubuntu 64 bit.

I would like to know whether I should be downloading the .deb file or the tar.gz file from here?

What is the difference between these two types of files? Does ubuntu care which one?

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marked as duplicate by Mitch, bodhi.zazen, Jorge Castro, Tachyons, Eric Carvalho Apr 27 '13 at 0:20

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@Aditya perhaps you can assist with this… – l--''''''---------'''''''''''' Apr 26 '13 at 18:20
Have a look at this answer too: – Takkat Apr 26 '13 at 18:46

.tar.gz is usually source code of that. So download it if you know what you are doing . Else simple download and install using .deb package

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thank you very much..and a related question… – l--''''''---------'''''''''''' Apr 26 '13 at 18:21
There is more to the answer then a .deb being "simpler", it has to do with package management. – bodhi.zazen Apr 26 '13 at 18:36

I think the following is easiest:

dpkg -i packagename.deb

A tar.gz is often source code that would need to be compiled, and that isn't always very easy (particularly when it comes to figuring out what options are required or desired).

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