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Old 10-12-2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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Question which distro gives easy softwares installation


Hello all,

i am a newbie to Linux, i used Xubuntu for one week. i like it but i have two concerns ...

i simply want to use Linux as a home user. only for using internet, downloading and watching movies and listening to songs. thats it, no TECHIE reason.

so i need to know such distro which gives the following two easinesses:

1. i couldnt even goto my local hard drive partitions using Xubuntu, why is it so complex? i tried for a week but i couldnt get into my D Drive. so i need to know which distro makes file exploring easy. like My Computer?

2. installing softwares in Linux is like building the 8th wonder, why is it so complex? is there any distro which makes installing softwares any easier?

please suggest a distro which makes Linux simple for a home user/ a general computer user
 
Old 10-12-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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2) It's not hard at all. It's blindingly simple in fact. Open up your menu and find Software Centre or Add/Remove Programs or Synaptic. Search, click a few buttons, done.
 
Old 10-12-2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

Possibly the following links will help;

(Linux is Not Windows) Refers to the GNU/Linux OS and various Free & Open-Source Software (FOSS) projects under the catch-all name of "Linux".

Comparison of Windows and Linux is Comparisons between the Microsoft Windows and Linux computer operating systems are a long-running discussion topic within the personal computer industry.

Just a few links to aid you to gaining some understanding;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux
Bash Beginners Guide
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Home Networking


The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 10-12-2010, 03:32 PM   #4
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@ Alucardzero:
yeah but what if the software i want is not in that list? what if i need some third party software? then i need a package installer

@onebuck:
Does that mean that i HAVE to be a techie to use Linux? is it not for general computer users?
 
Old 10-12-2010, 03:35 PM   #5
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For those who want it to "just work", Ubuntu would be your best bet. Ubuntu comes with a built in Software Center that will probably have every App you'd ever need. And yes, sometimes you won't find the one you want. In those cases if you find a .DEB download on the app's website, just double clicking it will cause it to automatically install in Ubuntu. So there should be no cause for worry.

Good luck.
 
Old 10-12-2010, 03:46 PM   #6
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Does that mean that i HAVE to be a techie to use Linux? is it not for general computer users?
No, it doesn't, but you'll have to put some effort in learning how things are done in linux. Remember, linux is not a free version of windows. It's an entirely
different operating system. Onebuck provided you with an excellent article (linux is not windows) which I think every linux newbie should read.

have fun
 
Old 10-12-2010, 03:58 PM   #7
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@ Alucardzero:
yeah but what if the software i want is not in that list? what if i need some third party software? then i need a package installer
There are tens of thousands of programs already in that list. It's hard to find a program that does not have a Linux equivalent.
If you do find one, then yes, you need a package installer. Download the Ubuntu .deb - double-click it - bam, installed.
 
Old 10-12-2010, 04:15 PM   #8
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Hi,
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@onebuck:
Does that mean that i HAVE to be a techie to use Linux? is it not for general computer users?
No, you don't have to be a 'techie'. The links provided are helpful & informational. If you want a hold your hand distribution then use Ubuntu. The referenced links will provide general background information on GNU/Linux.
 
Old 10-12-2010, 05:21 PM   #9
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Switching to Ubuntu from Windows - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Sw...tu/FromWindows

InstallingSoftware - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware

CompilingEasyHowTo - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingEasyHowTo

CompilingSoftware - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CompilingSoftware

GetDeb.net V2 Beta - Software for Ubuntu Linux - http://www.getdeb.net

You get the idea lots of information is available, take the time to read it. Then using Linux will be simple.
It really isn't as complicated as it seems, it is just different from what you are used to using.

You might want to start out running a livecd, or using a virtual desktop.
 
Old 10-12-2010, 06:11 PM   #10
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Some advice about audio and video stuff on the net. Many formats are patented in the USA, so distro producers who do business there can't give out the codecs to interpret them, since US citizens are supposed to buy them. If you bought Windows, then they were included in the price. These codecs need to be installed: the Ubuntu website has a place to do that, or to direct you to a vendor if you are a law-abiding American. Mint Linux is very similar to Ubuntu, but comes with the codecs already installed.

At the risk of starting a great debate, you might like to try the original Ubuntu rather than Xubuntu: the user interface is rather less complex.
 
Old 10-13-2010, 12:04 AM   #11
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thank you everyone
i will try Ubuntu for sure and the deb installer. thanks a ton

BUT what about the My Computer equivalent? how to explore local drives? please suggest an easy solution

and one more thing, if i choose the Ubuntu version for which screenshot is attached, will i need to repartition my hard drive (i only need Ubuntu, NO dual boot) or the windows XP partition will work fine?
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:43 AM   #12
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Here are 2 websites for getting started with Ubuntu:
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
And or dual booting with Windows:
http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/
And you can get the free Ubuntu manual here:
http://ubuntu-manual.org/
You will have to do some reading to get the most out of any linux distro.
As for the "My Computer" equivalent, in Ubuntu it is under the "Places" menu on the top panel in Gnome. Gnome is the desktop environment that Ubuntu uses.
 
Old 10-13-2010, 04:12 AM   #13
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i have learnt that Mandriva is sort of meant for home users ... so i was thinking i should take suggestions if i should give Mandriva a try or goto Ubuntu staright off
 
Old 10-13-2010, 06:17 AM   #14
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i have learnt that Mandriva is sort of meant for home users ... so i was thinking i should take suggestions if i should give Mandriva a try or goto Ubuntu staright off
I'd be inclined to try Ubuntu, but it really doesn't matter much.
 
Old 10-13-2010, 06:27 AM   #15
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and one more thing, if i choose the Ubuntu version for which screenshot is attached, will i need to repartition my hard drive (i only need Ubuntu, NO dual boot) or the windows XP partition will work fine?
You'll need to create a Linux partition.
 
  


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