What you want is called finstall
(FAH Installer for Linux).
Right, finally have Folding running as a service under Linux.
The good news is I have also sorted my intial queries 2 & 3. The slow folding could either be because Tinkers are worse under Linux, or because I wasn't running a servce. Dont know, dont care. However one side effect is that installing qd under Linux means you get a points/year estimate to track each box.
Problem 3 was the new ADSL modem/router: I still blame Linux cause it wouldn't work with the old ADSL modem, but basically when I enabled the Firewall on the new one it was throttling access to the Gromacs servers somehow.
I have not installed this yet myself. It's a lot more complicated than installing Motherboard Monitor in Windows, that's for sure.
OK - Linux rant mode ON. Appreciate the pointer David, no problem there. But go to the site, read all the stuff (Readmes, FAQs etc) and nowhere could I find any instructions how to instal and run. Download, learn how to unzip, untar, try to make. No make installed in SuSE. Go to super SuSE installer YaST and instal make - while at it do a search and discover an application called sensors is already installed. Seems to be the last but one version of i2c so decide to use that instead. Except am STILL trying to find how to run the damn thing, even though it is installed!! No sensors-detect available ...
Similar bull&*%? trying to work around a Quicken replacement. Have read gnuCash should do the job. YaST will install, but brings gnome with it! Then check the menus: great - have a new one called 'Applications'. Except it is all gnome stuff - where is gnuCash? By chance discover an entry 'Financial' under the 'Office' menu - click that and up comes gnuCash. This may be intuitive to some but certainly not me!
Now I figure I am tolerably computer literate (having worked around them for nearly 25 years) but until all the software & hardware manufacturers come out with 1 click instals for their products under Linux (like Windows - load CD with Autorun, accept default instal options and you most likely get something that works), it will remain a speciality option.