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Old 08-17-2005, 02:44 PM   #31
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OK I'm giving Ubuntu another shot, but I'm still lost. I don't even understand how to install programs! The only things that I've been able to do so far are install a different theme for Firefox and setup my email in Evolution. All the guides that I've found on the internet so far haven't been much help.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 03:16 PM   #32
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OK I'm giving Ubuntu another shot, but I'm still lost. I don't even understand how to install programs! The only things that I've been able to do so far are install a different theme for Firefox and setup my email in Evolution. All the guides that I've found on the internet so far haven't been much help.
Check this out. It's step-by-step with screenshots on how to install software using Synaptic Package Manager:

http://www.psychocats.net/essays/winuxinstall.php

I used KDE on Mepis for the screenshots, but the same principle holds for Gnome on Ubuntu. The only difference is that in Ubuntu, Synaptic Package Manager is in System > Administration.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 03:31 PM   #33
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*edit* nevermind

Last edited by xLunatiK; 08-17-2005 at 03:33 PM.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 03:38 PM   #34
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*edit* nevermind
Huh? Did it help you out or not?
 
Old 08-17-2005, 03:45 PM   #35
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OK I found the Synaptic Package Manager and searched for the programs I wanted, but only one of them (Nicotine) showed up. I installed that one and it's working fine, but what do I do when Synaptic doesn't find the package? I downloaded the .tar.gz files for the programs but I don't know what to do with them.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 03:54 PM   #36
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OK I found the Synaptic Package Manager and searched for the programs I wanted, but only one of them (Nicotine) showed up. I installed that one and it's working fine, but what do I do when Synaptic doesn't find the package? I downloaded the .tar.gz files for the programs but I don't know what to do with them.
You need more repositories, so you have a wider software selection. Follow these instructions:

http://ubuntuguide.org/#extrarepositories
 
Old 08-17-2005, 04:06 PM   #37
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I tried that, but I got this responce:

garrett@ubuntu:~$ sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc /apt/sources.list_backup
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cp: `/apt/sources.list_backup': specified destination directory does not exist
Try `cp --help' for more information.

What should I do?
 
Old 08-17-2005, 04:22 PM   #38
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I tried that, but I got this responce:

garrett@ubuntu:~$ sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc /apt/sources.list_backup
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cp: `/apt/sources.list_backup': specified destination directory does not exist
Try `cp --help' for more information.

What should I do?
I see an extra space between /etc and /apt/sources.list_backup.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 04:30 PM   #39
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ok I added extra repositories and searched for the programs again, but I still can't find them.

I don't think I really understand how Synaptic Package Manager works. Could someone please explain it to me, or like me to a site that does?
 
Old 08-17-2005, 05:16 PM   #40
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SynapticHowto - Ubuntu Wiki

AddingRepositoriesHowto - Ubuntu Wiki

HOWTO - Install Software [README]

APT HOWTO

Debian Tutorial - Removing and installing software

Compiling Programs from Source - LinuxAnswers

DebianPackageManagement - DebianWiki

That should give you all of the answers you need. If you can't find something in Synaptic try searching at www.apt-get.org then add the repository to your sources.list

The easiest way to edit your sources.list is:
1) Open a terminal and type sudo gedit
2) Enter your password
3) Open /etc/apt/sources.list
4) Add/edit then save
5) Run Synaptic and click reload.

Ubuntu is really a very easy distro to use. Look through the HOWtos at the Official Ubuntu forum www.ubuntuforums.org

Have fun and try not to get to frustrated if things don't work quite right the first time.

Keep in mind that you may not find all the programs you are looking for in Synaptic. Do a Google search if you can't find it.

Last edited by craigevil; 08-17-2005 at 05:21 PM.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 05:45 PM   #41
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ok I added extra repositories and searched for the programs again, but I still can't find them.

I don't think I really understand how Synaptic Package Manager works. Could someone please explain it to me, or like me to a site that does?
It's entirely possible, even with the extra repositories, that the program exists outside of what you're able to use Synaptic for. What program are you looking for specifically?
 
Old 08-17-2005, 05:54 PM   #42
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I'm trying to install this program for my MP3 Player:
http://easyh10.sourceforge.net/

I'll try out the links craigevil provided. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 06:03 PM   #43
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to be honest with you i had a major problem with the Synaptic Package Manager but after playing with it i have a better understanding about it but im still skidish around it cause they dont give great summeries of what the package is.
 
Old 08-17-2005, 07:12 PM   #44
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You can always search for the package at Search package directories then you can see the package description. Although Synaptic normally gives a pretty good description.

The instruction for compiling EasyH10 are pretty straight forward.
Building EasyH10 [CUI]
If your media player uses USB it should show up as a usb drive and you can drag and drop files right to it.
 
  


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