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I had an old linux given to me and I am completely unfamiliar with using this system. I have been using it only for email and web browsing. In the past I have accessed the internet by clicking on a file in my desktop and it would pull up a browser for me. somehow that file was deleted without realizing it and I have no idea how to access the internet again. Can you help me?I don't even know how to access the control panel like on other PCs.
Last edited by callenergirl; 01-11-2011 at 02:05 PM.
Can you tell us which linux distribution and what desktop(KDE/Gnome) you're using?
Can't you find the browser among the programs that are shown when you open a menu, either by clicking on an icon at the lower left or perhaps on the panel at the top of the screen? Hold your mouse over the various icons, then click on a few things, you shouldn't be afraid of breaking anything.
Last edited by thorkelljarl; 01-11-2011 at 02:28 PM.
If you can find a "run" dialog, a terminal/command line, or equivalent (try pressing ALT+F2, works on some systems to give you a "run" dialog), try running the browser by name, e.g., firefox or konqueror or mozilla (those are examples of browsers usually found on Linux systems). There may even be multiple browsers around.
Not knowing what desktop environment or window manager the system has makes it a little difficult to help further. On the "big" desktop environments you'll find an applications menu somewhere, usually in one corner of the screen, on a panel. On some other ones you're supposed to right-click the desktop area to bring up a menu that holds the applications. Try and poke around, you'll find the apps somewhere. I don't think you can accidentally easily wreck the system, not without root permissions at least.
Reboot the computer and watch the boot messages carefully. That might tell you something about what version of Linux you are using. Or try taking a digital picture of the interface after you are booted up and running and post it here. A picture might give us a hint about what desktop interface we are dealing with.
If there's any kind of menu, either a menu bar or a pop-up menu from left- or right-clicking the mouse, does it have a header with a title like KDE, Gnome, Fluxbox, TWM, or any other title. Even if it doesn't make sense to you, post it; it might help us help you.
If you go to the Download Linux link in the LQ menu at the upper left corner of the LQ screen, you will find a list of the most common LQ distributions. That might give you a hint if one of the names look familiar.
Give us some information and we should be able to figure this out.