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Old 03-13-2010, 11:28 PM   #31
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Because you are new to GNU/Linux I would strongly advise you use the Synaptic package manager or the Ubuntu Software Centre to add or remove software. You'll find Synaptic package manager under System--> Administration and the Ubuntu Software Centre under Applications
If you can find the time, could you perhaps explain more about these two?

I've used Synaptic Package Manager before, but I confess to never even seeing the Software Center until you pointed out its exact location.

I'm curious as to what their similarities and differences are.

Any help very much appreciated!
 
Old 03-13-2010, 11:35 PM   #32
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They both use the 'apt-get' command, only the Software Centre is more visual than Synaptic. Plus with the Software Centre you mostly get screenshots of the applications, you can then see what they would look like when installed, before doing the actual install.

With Synaptic you get access to more applications that don't get listed in the Software Centre.

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Old 03-13-2010, 11:37 PM   #33
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The Software Center is just like a big search engine of juicy goodness. Not sure about the other.

I do have a question though. I'm updating Firefox and I downloaded the .tar file and I'm ready to extract it, but I don't know how to install it. I'm used to opening winRAR or whatever and just clicking on 'setup.exe' or whatever to run it. That's not here to my knowledge so what steps to I take to get this installed?
 
Old 03-13-2010, 11:41 PM   #34
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Also I seemed to have installed Ubuntu twice on my system. The first one on the boot list doesn't load because I think it was the one that didn't make it past the first install screen.

How do I go in and delete the boot for that first Ubuntu?
 
Old 03-13-2010, 11:43 PM   #35
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Not to be a killjoy but unless updating Firefox gives you some functionality that you are missing or it's for security purposes, you should wait for your system to notify you there's an update. If you stick to using the repositories until you know more about using GNU/Linux you will save yourself a lot of headache.
 
Old 03-13-2010, 11:47 PM   #36
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Also I seemed to have installed Ubuntu twice on my system. The first one on the boot list doesn't load because I think it was the one that didn't make it past the first install screen.

How do I go in and delete the boot for that first Ubuntu?
There is a way to do this via the commandline, however I recommend you install Startup Manager, you will find it in Synaptic (type it in the search box). Using this you will able to edit your Grub (boot menu) easily and safely.

Once it's installed you will find it under System--> Administration.

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Old 03-13-2010, 11:59 PM   #37
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Ok, I've setup the right boot of Linux as default, but how do I delete the broken Linux?
 
Old 03-14-2010, 12:02 AM   #38
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There is no 'broken' linux, just an invalid entry in your grub menu.
 
Old 03-14-2010, 12:05 AM   #39
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Well how do I delete the invalid entry?
 
Old 03-14-2010, 12:24 AM   #40
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Follow these instructions closely. If you are unsure about what to do, then do nothing at all!

Before we start we will make a backup copy of your current grub file.

Start up your terminal (Applications--> Accessories) then type (exactly as seen)

sudo cp /etc/default/grub . <-(note include this full stop as seen here) then press enter, enter your root password and press enter again. That should place a copy of grub in your home/username folder.

Now follow the instructions below:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub, then press enter now input your root password and press enter again.

In the window that opens, find the invalid entry and delete it. Close the windows and select 'Yes' to save the changes.

Type: sudo update-grub press enter (enter root password if required and press enter again).

The next time you boot up the invalid entry should not be there.

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Old 03-14-2010, 12:47 AM   #41
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When I open gedit I get a window that tells me about the default GRUB I have selected. I don't see anything that points to the other invalid boot grub.
 
Old 03-14-2010, 12:52 AM   #42
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Highlight everything, copy it and paste it to this thread.
 
Old 03-14-2010, 12:55 AM   #43
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# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.

GRUB_DEFAULT=2
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true
GRUB_TIMEOUT=8
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" vga=775 splash"

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)
#GRUB_TERMINAL=console

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'
#GRUB_GFXMODE=640x480

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux
#GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_UUID=true

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entrys
#GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_RECOVERY="true"
 
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GRUB_DEFAULT=2 <-Change this entry to 0 (zero)
Do the above, then save the file. Don't forget to run sudo update-grub after.
 
Old 03-14-2010, 01:18 AM   #45
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Ok, that just made my default boot option the one that doesn't work. It didn't delete it though. I did write down the name if that helps.

Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-20-Generic
Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-20-Generic (Recovery Mode)
 
  


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