i recently switched to ubuntu from windows. while on windows, i used my computer for web surfing, gaming, and some photoshop here and there. i know i can do the same on linux but there are a lot of obstacles in my way.
after the initial installation (which was very easy with ubuntu). i imported the stuff i backedup and everything was runnin smooth until i decided to check my myspace (yes i have one... is that shameful?
). i noticed while running it that the music player my friends profiles weren't playing along with band myspace profiles. thats when i figured i needed to install plugins to firefox. there's quite a bit of plugins out there (flash, shockwave, realplayer, adobe acrobat, etc). i decided to start by downloading realplayer (RealPlayer10GOLD.bin) i started the installation and it wouldn't install. after some searching through documentation, i learned about sudo and was able to have it installed. however, i was/am not familiar as to where i should have installed it. i figured, after glancing at the filesystem hierarchy standard, that /usr would be an ok place to install it because of how it resembles the purpose of "Program Files" back in windows. i thought that once installed it would take care of installing a realplayer plugin for firefox. i gave it a try on some test video clips and received "RTSP streams cannot be played yet".
in the end, it seems i extracted/installed a bunch of stuff into my /usr from the RealPlayer10GOLD.bin which didnt make improvements.
then i read about synaptic. this seems to be a really usefull tool for installing programs and such. i figured id be able to find and install plugins from there, but couldn't find firefox plugins anywhere in the search
although these problems make me miss the userfriendliness of windows, im not giving up linux. ive learned a lot on my own from this problem (sudo, extracting .bin, etc) and i know i will understand it all eventually. but any insight on this would be greatly appreciated! thanks for your time!