Originally Posted by normael
Thank you all for your valuable input. I have now worked out how to load programs. It's a bit different from Windows isn't it? Is there a site somewhere that I can Log on to that will give me a list of Linux software and what task it performs?.........Regards.........Normael
If you're using ubuntu you have something called add/remove programs in the menu, I think. This will let you search the programs available in your software repositories. If I remember correct it allows you to search by name, category or keyword. You can also add other repositories, I think the proprietary repositories are easily enabled there as well (or if you have something in the menu called repositories). Remember to be careful about what repositories you add, so that you don't compromise the security or integrity of your system.Those repositories that you can enable from the menu can be trusted (though some people dislike them because they contain software that is not open-source).
Ubuntu is based on Debian and uses the same packaging system. It is simply awesome. Read the apt-howto (you can google it up, it's available from a lot of places). It's worth the effort.