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Old 09-06-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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New and somewhat lost.


After contracting malware on Vista i decided to switch over to Linux and chose to start of with Ubuntu because of the graphical interface. that being said, you have no doubt inferred that i have no coding experience. basically i was hoping to find some nice tutorials and sites for Ubuntu. Also, i did downloaded the suggested programs and patches but im still experiencing problems with Adobe,flash, and and opening .exe files. for the latter, when i click on .exe files it is equivalent of using explorer on windows so i was wondering how to use the command prompt to open them. supposedly linux is susceptible to malware so if you could please suggest a anti -malware program

Thanks in advance for your help and any suggested reading or links are greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-07-2010, 12:31 AM   #2
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.exe files can't be opened on Linux.
http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...ndows_software
and
http://simplyubuntu.wordpress.com/20...ams-in-ubuntu/
 
Old 09-07-2010, 01:30 AM   #3
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in <NEWBIE> as it does hold technical questions, rather than being an introduction, and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 09-07-2010, 02:23 AM   #4
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Hello and Welcome to LinuxQuestions,

There are a lot of very good tutorials on Ubuntu found on the web, for example:
Ubuntuguide Lucid
First 24 hours with Ubuntu
and a lot more like these turn up with a simple Google search.

Also for basic understanding you might have a look at these sites:
Linux Frequently Asked Questions for Newbies
Linux is not Windows

By reading links like the ones mentioned above you'll learn about the differences that exist between Windows and Linux and also that EXE files belong in Windows and although there are ways to execute (some of them, not all) on Linux it's strongly advised to use an open source alternative for Linux.

Have fun using Linux.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 09-07-2010, 02:26 AM   #5
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Eric reminded me of Wine for opening .exe files on Linux

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wine
 
Old 09-07-2010, 06:10 AM   #6
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RestrictedFormats - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestrictedFormats

RestrictedFormats/Flash - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...dFormats/Flash

Switching to Ubuntu from Windows - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Sw...tu/FromWindows

InstallingSoftware - Community Ubuntu Documentation
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware

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Windows software comes in .exe files, which you are expected to get from the web or from a store. Ubuntu software comes in packages, which are installed and updated through a centralized system, like a more powerful version of Windows Update and Add/Remove Programs.
 
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:54 AM   #7
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while there are many websites with good info a book is often more convienient. A good starter for Ubuntu is Keir Thomas's Pocket guide, you can download it request it from the library.Adobe flashplayer for debian/ubuntu is available via the BBC iplayer.

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Old 09-07-2010, 07:27 AM   #8
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.exe files won't run on Linux, because Linux doesn't understand the format, and the .exe uses Windows-specific calls. Wine is basically a Windows-to-Linux call translator, but it's not complete and not all .exe's will work on it.

But before even thinking of installing a Windows program, look for a native Linux solution.
 
Old 09-07-2010, 08:07 AM   #9
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A couple of nice books to have:

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference
http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html

Ubuntu Manual - http://ubuntu-manual.org/
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Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04 is a comprehensive beginners guide for the Ubuntu operating system. It is written under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify and share.

The manual will help you become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy to follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.
 
Old 09-07-2010, 08:37 PM   #10
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I would suggest that Wine is not a good thing for someone new to Linux to start with. Rather than trying to make Windows executables run under Wine in Linux, you are probably better off finding native Linux equivalents to those files. Except for some of the big Windows games, you will be able to find them.

Adobe makes a Linux version of Flash (I use it) and of the Acrobat Reader (I don't use it; heck, I don't even use Acroread under Windows--I use the Foxit reader instead). There is also a Linux version of RealPlayer (I don't like Real, but I'm stuck with it for sites that stream in real formats) that's nowhere nearly so evil as the Windows version; for one thing, it doesn't phone home all the time.

The resources others have pointed out are very good.

Here's another one that I like, because it is very basic and provides a good frame of reference for the more detailed stuff.

Welcome to Linux.

Yes, there's a learning curve, but remind yourself that you spent years learning Windows. In a few days, you'll be comfortable with Linux.
 
Old 09-07-2010, 10:44 PM   #11
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I would suggest that Wine is not a good thing for someone new to Linux to start with. Rather than trying to make Windows executables run under Wine in Linux, you are probably better off finding native Linux equivalents to those files. Except for some of the big Windows games, you will be able to find them.
Although just a silly reply, if you enable all the oddball repositories in Ubuntu there are quite a number of interesting games that run native in Linux!
 
Old 09-07-2010, 10:53 PM   #12
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Here are 2 more great websites for getting started with Ubuntu:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/index.html

And welcome to the LQ forums!
 
Old 09-08-2010, 07:03 AM   #13
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Although just a silly reply, if you enable all the oddball repositories in Ubuntu there are quite a number of interesting games that run native in Linux!
+1 for native Linux games!
 
Old 09-08-2010, 09:01 AM   #14
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Oh man...

I remember my first time with Linux ... in 1994 ... I got a green blinking strangely looking cursor ... then I pressed some keys and things became much worse

To tell you a truth, migration to Linux is better when planned. If you don't want problems associated with Windows PC and don't want investing time into learning a system in a same time, get a Mac. Linux can be used for majority of daily tasks and has nice graphical environments, however, it is not quite the thing as it may appear to a beginner.
Linux is custom build sports car. Yeh, it may be really fast, and it has nice shiny and colorful plates and spoilers etc. But these things are for an eye only, the real power in under the hood. Yeap, it doesn't get bull, like viruses, but it is only because of the people who run it, are mostly technically skilled. That is why transition from a slow, boring, making stops that you don't need, a public bus (Windows) to a racing car (Linux) takes time and some effort. You wanna race, you gonna learn. The bus tickets aren't good here. Linux doesn't ask you for your money, only for attention and intelligence. More you invest, more you enjoy the ride.
If you are really new to all of it, my advise, start with training DVDs from UnixAcademy.com they really teach you the under-hood things.
 
Old 09-08-2010, 01:20 PM   #15
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while you read those books, search and install software using 'ubuntu software center'
it is already installed
 
  


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