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I'm new to Kubuntu as of a few days ago. The only other thing I've ever used is Mandrake/Mandriva.
I want to install some optional programs on my machine. So I went into Kynaptic and selected the programs I want. Then I commit the changes to the system. Kynaptic then proceeds to download all the necessary files like normal. But then, instead of installing anything, it just goes back to the main Kynaptic window. Nothing is installed. I have tried many different programs and none will install.
Kynaptic was working for a couple days and whenever I would install something, it would go through the download process and the install process. After that was done, there would be a little "OK" dialog saying "changes complete" or something like that.
Now when I try to install something, it goes through the download process and then just goes back to the Kynaptic main window. No window to click "OK" that install is complete.
After that, I still checked the Kmenu (just in case) for the program, but it wasn't there. And Kynaptic shows what programs are installed and aren't. The programs that I tried to install still show up as not installed in the Kynaptic window.
Basically, it looks like things are downloading but failing to install for some reason. Appreciate the help though.
But if apt-get too can't install, then there would be a problem in your Package manager as a whole, otherwise, I think there is a misconfiguration in Kynaptic, that doesn't allow you to install software.
apt-get install acroread
This will for instance, install Adobe Acrobat Reader.
If you dont see a pile of repositories in there and only see a CD, you've got issues. You should post here asking someone for some repositories- ideally, provide your location so we can try and make them free/close to you. If however you do have a bunch of repositories, that's interesting.
In that case, try this:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install supertux
Perhaps. I'm pretty sure that Ubuntu is the "official" supported version and that Kubuntu is community driven so maybe it's not quite as good. Who knows.
I did learn something though. I was getting frustrated that "su" and "sudo" weren't working. Every time I tried to do either, it would say that my root password was incorrect. But when I tried "sudo su" together as in your above post, it worked.