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Old 05-02-2010, 08:21 PM   #16
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If you are using Ubunutu they have "Ubuntu Software Center" in the start menu. This will install Adobe Flash, which I am guessing is what is missing. Really easy to do. Type in Adobe in the search, click the install button (Should say Adobe Flash Plugin,) enter password and thats it. When you get Ubuntu installed to your harddrive that is. I never tried it on the livecd, not sure if it would work out well or not.

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Old 05-02-2010, 09:05 PM   #17
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If you are using Ubunutu they have "Ubuntu Software Center" in the start menu. This will install Adobe Flash, which I am guessing is what is missing. Really easy to do. Type in Adobe in the search, click the install button (Should say Adobe Flash Plugin,) enter password and thats it. When you get Ubuntu installed to your harddrive that is. I never tried it on the livecd, not sure if it would work out well or not.
thanks I just downloaded it

SO ive installed it to my harddrive and all of you guys have been great helping me through this process and my simple questions and its been very appreciated.
Now that I have Linux installed I was wondering which things I should download right away for it. Is the Software Center the only place I can download stuff from? I should probably get some antivirus stuff too. And I put some files on a USB stick before i wiped everything off my harddrive so I should probably run it through a antivirus thing right?
 
Old 05-02-2010, 09:12 PM   #18
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btw I can't get msn or itunes on here? whats the closest thing to them that I can?
 
Old 05-02-2010, 09:24 PM   #19
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Open the Terminal and type:

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sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
This will install all codecs and plugins to play proprietary media.

Cheers

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Old 05-02-2010, 09:40 PM   #20
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Open the Terminal and type:

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sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
This will install all codecs and plugins to play proprietary media.

Cheers
Good point. I forgot about the extras, lol. Also another way to do it is just use the Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install VLC. This will also give you the Restricted extras as well by default when installing VLC.

The four main ways to install software for Ubuntu would be this, in the order I personally Recommend for brand new users:

1 - Ubuntu Software Center (This should cover all the basics one needs and is the least confusing with the switch from Windows to Linux.)

2 - Synaptic Package Manager (This is also easy but has a lot there, can be a bit overwhelming.)

3 - As DragonSlayer48DX also pointed out, using apt-get in the terminal would be another way. But if you are not use to it, then it might also be overwhelming. But it really is easy to use apt-get and I have no doubt you and most can get comfortable with it in no time.

4 - Also Ubuntu can install .deb packages. They are basically equal to .exe you get with Windows. But you would want to make sure that they will work with Ubuntu 10.04.

I hope this wasn't too much information. If it is then just ignore everything and focus on the Ubuntu Software Center. Take your time and have fun :-)

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Old 05-02-2010, 09:51 PM   #21
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msn and itunes

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btw I can't get msn or itunes on here? whats the closest thing to them that I can?
Install pidgin for msn (program available in synaptic, or likely also in the Ubuntu Software Centre). I'm not sure about itunes, but I think rhythmbox should work.
 
Old 05-02-2010, 10:08 PM   #22
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1 - Ubuntu Software Center (This should cover all the basics one needs and is the least confusing with the switch from Windows to Linux.)
I downloaded VLC and I it came with the software centre..
is there any recomended virus things I should download? and how often should I scan or will it do it automatically?
 
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There's some stuff about Antivirus programs at the Ubuntu site. Probably clamtk would be good.
 
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Old 05-02-2010, 10:46 PM   #24
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& finaly what would be the best Linux to use for a first time user? I want the best possible with being the least complicated.
I would advice debian !
Debian is somewhat boring but the installation is one of the easiest at all linux.
I once had 3.1 and that was offered as special issue of a computer magazine. A double-sided dvd with up to 7 or 9 GB of software.
I tried a 700MB iso of debian the last days and it installed well but has not much programs and no mobile broadband either.
Best to look at www.distrowatch.com and go for the latest news for live dvd-cd to try out.
The most sophisticated installer is yast or yast2 of opensuse I think. But suse does not give me easy umts mobile broadband at the moment and there had been some disgusting things to me especially with notebooks.
Opensuse works live fine but after installation it started to trouble me much. Between 689 and 693 MB you would need a 800MB burner.
A good advice would be the childish Puppy 4.3.1 or the baroque MacPup 4.3.1 .
The different Ubuntu 8.10 and 9.10 work also but be careful and watch out at the .04 versions. The ubuso sudo-theme is disgusting because for every little step for fixing something by changing permissions you always need to open xterm and start the needed programs by typing sudo pcmanfm or sudo leafpad. You loose time while duso.
I would first try out on worn out machines.
Wrong driver for X (Graphical Desktop environment) is the most disturbing thing and laptops have no reset-button.
It is also easier to change the graphic card at normal PCs.
A working bootloader is also important , perhaps the most important for a Linux beginner and so debian is best choice to me. Suse bootloader is also ok. but after newstart after installation there had been the most problems of all distributions to me.
Ubuntu is based on debian and one Crunchbang 8.04 bootloader script was programmed with a little mistake typing - instead of + for the partition order.
For a first positive impression : Large Original Debian ! (even if it also starts to develop sudo as I can see it at the moment)

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Old 05-03-2010, 03:48 AM   #25
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Try PClinuxos 2010 it should already have all the plugins you need and again you can try it without installing it same as Ubuntu.

Welcome to freedom.
 
Old 05-03-2010, 04:39 AM   #26
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if I install it will it be different?
yes if you are using ubuntu you can download the .deb (installer file) from the adobe site or maybe it is in the package manger.
I believe it is called "synaptic packet manager" and it actually has a nice gui for you
 
Old 05-03-2010, 05:00 AM   #27
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I downloaded VLC and I it came with the software centre..
is there any recomended virus things I should download? and how often should I scan or will it do it automatically?
Hello JCole,

If you are on a home network where other machines that run Windows are connected and you exchange files with them, then you may want to consider an anti-virus program for your Linux installation. The anti-virus programs available for Linux are generally for the benefit of Windows computers that are networked with it. If you do not network with any Windows computers, you don't really need to concern yourself with anti-virus apps. There are very few Linux viruses and the chances of you ever being affected by one is extremely remote. I have only Linux connections on my home network (and have for over ten years) and have never installed a Linux anti-virus program. That is one of the great things about Linux. Virus concerns are history in most cases!

Bob
 
Old 05-03-2010, 06:05 AM   #28
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Just to try to clear up the loose ends...

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... do most people switch from Windows all together?
Probably not altogether: you can dual boot (ie, have two operating systems on one disk), use a Live CD (boot from a an OS disk in your optical disk drive), or use something like an emulator (WINE is like an emulator) that gives you a degree of functionality of another OS, but, mostly if you can live with just Linux programs, you'll probably be happier. For me, the only things that force me to have anything to do with windows are
  • certain microcontroller support programs provided by the suppliers of those devices and only for the windows platform
  • 'management' program for a sat-nav, again provided by the sat-nav supplier (irritatingly, the sat nav itself is a Linux box, so you might expect them to try harder)
  • a simulation program (that will run under WINE)
  • an occasional need to check whether a web page does the same thing under Internet Exploder as under a proper browser
With those exceptions dealt with, I could reach the nirvana of never having to touch anything to do with windows ever again. (I think you could say that my requirements are somewhat specialist, but you'll be surprised how many people have one or two little specialist requirements.)

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I'm just looking for a system where I can listen to my music, go on the internet, msn, and word processing I guess? nothing fancy.
Up to a point, that's all easy: The issue that you have had with codecs is typical though. In certain jurisdictions, these are considered as proprietary software that cannot be freely re-distributed, so you have to go through a few hoops with 'extra' or 'restricted' software repos to get what you want. (You haven't subsequently mentioned the browser; I'd guess most people just use Firefox, but Opera is good too. I find Konqueror to be a good back-up, if you want something that can be a file manager too, but not everybody wants that.)

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I dont know what you mean by the unused partition
Partitions are part of the organisation of hard disks. If you think of a partition like a fenced off area, Windows gives these letter designations (C:, D:, etc). In the world of Unix-like Operating Systems things are presented a bit different, but all of the partitions in use by one Operating System are merged into one big tree-like structure (the filesystem).

Just to cut to the bit that you need right now, if you have a spare piece of disk space as a partition (one of these fenced off pieces of disk space) and it is big enough, you can install an operating system alongside your existing operating system and make a simple choice every time that you switch on your computer which you go into.

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what would be the best Linux to use for a first time user?
To be honest, I'm too late to address this properly. From where you are now (getting on quite nicely with Ubuntu), I'd stick with Ubuntu just for the moment, at least. If, in six months, you are feeling a little dissatisfied maybe have a look around again, but don't beat yourself up trying to make the perfect choice before you have spent at least a little time playing with what you've got. If you are feeling adventurous, you might want to try out other user interfaces first (KDE, XFCE) which you can do within an Ubuntu installation.
 
Old 05-04-2010, 07:09 PM   #29
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thanks guys! its going great so far! im really liking it. I like it alot more then what I use to have. thank you all for helping.

I was wondering if there was a software where I can download a video and convert it to ipod format?
 
Old 05-04-2010, 07:24 PM   #30
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oh and whats a program to download them in the first place?
I use to use limewire
 
  


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