There is an abundance of information on installing or downloading plugins and programs. However, I still search everywhere in vain for how to run
the installed software, no matter what kind. This just doesn't make sense to me, gladly migrating from the dreadful Windows Vista OS. At least in Windows, it just takes a click or double-click on a shortcut icon to immediately get the program open - whether plugin or not. Linux must be able to run the software programs it "installs," IMHO. Am I wrong or nuts or something??
Where oh where is the answer to this most logical question? What is the sense of installing software you're not going to run or actually use? Oh, and that's just one other thing. Where does Linux normally install downloaded programs - especially video and audio codecs? Have no idea of what path to look at.
Am presently running Ubuntu 8.04.1 on an Acer Aspire desktop PC with 2GB of RAM, a single 160GB SATA hard drive, a 56K Modem, and a NVIDIA GeoForce 6100 Graphics card. Have never installed any Linux distro before as OS on any computer I've owned.
Hoping for an answer or maybe even more than one that seems to be impossible to find everywhere I've looked - forums, documentation, chat rooms, and Wiki.
Thanks again to all for all the help. Great forum to be a member of!