LinuxQuestions.org
Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 04-03-2013, 02:26 PM   #16
lorahjo
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2013
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Baffled


Thanks for all your suggestions.

I don't know anything about Linux at all. I mean, I've just tried to download one of the Gnome themes and it says 'extracted' but then what do I do?

Is this what my nan feels like when she uses a computer? :O

I can understand why she gives up!
xx
 
Old 04-03-2013, 02:31 PM   #17
snowpine
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2009
Posts: 4,257

Rep: Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202
Don't feel discouraged! Don't give up! The task you are trying to accomplish is purely cosmetic. It doesn't affect your ability to surf the web, play games, listen to music, type word documents, etc. So there is no reason to feel bad and quit Linux just because the icons are a different color or the buttons are in a different place than in Windows.

If you really want to make Ubuntu look like Windows then I think the best advice was given by mddesai in post #13 (click on the link; there is an entire article, explaining step-by-step, with screenshots---easy peasy!).

May I ask why you don't simply use Windows? Windows looks like Windows, it acts like Windows, you won't have to learn this strange new Linux operating system.

Last edited by snowpine; 04-03-2013 at 02:34 PM.
 
Old 04-03-2013, 02:35 PM   #18
lorahjo
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2013
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
Don't feel discouraged! Don't give up! The task you are trying to accomplish is purely cosmetic. It doesn't affect your ability to surf the web, play games, listen to music, type word documents, etc. So there is no reason to feel bad and quit Linux just because the icons are a different color or the buttons are in a different place than in Windows.

If you really want to make Ubuntu look like Windows then I think the best advice was given by mddesai in post #13 (click on the link).

May I ask why you don't simply use Windows? Windows looks like Windows, it acts like Windows, you won't have to learn this strange new Linux operating system.
I'm just used to knowing everything with Windows, I guess.

I won't use Windows because I'm not paying 100 to purchase it and I'm too much of a chicken shit to download it illegally.

I bet get cracking
 
Old 04-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #19
John VV
LQ Muse
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: A2 area Mi.
Posts: 17,245

Rep: Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527
Talking

well it is a bit of a steep "learning curve"

100
guessing in the EU

it will be like learning to drive in the USA ( on the correct side of the road )

it will take some time
 
Old 04-03-2013, 02:48 PM   #20
snowpine
Senior Member
 
Registered: Feb 2009
Posts: 4,257

Rep: Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202Reputation: 1202
Be patient; try to learn one or two new skills each day.

Here is an excellent site with some beginner-oriented Ubuntu tutorials: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/
 
Old 04-03-2013, 03:40 PM   #21
lorahjo
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2013
Posts: 7

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I'm from the UK, John. I pretty sure I'm the only person I know that has heard of Linux.

Thanks again for all of your help, guys. I'm thinking this might take months rather than hours. x
 
Old 04-03-2013, 05:06 PM   #22
John VV
LQ Muse
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: A2 area Mi.
Posts: 17,245

Rep: Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527Reputation: 2527
for Ubuntu
it is a good idea to do a lot of reading
trying things
make mistakes ( and you will )
learn from them
and go on to make all NEW mistakes

try a few different "Desktop Environments"
Gnome3
KDE4
xfce
lxde
( and maybe even E-17 after a bit )

and distros
Ubuntu
Mint
Fuduntu
OpenSUSE
Fedora ( but research this one and see if you REALLY want to use it )
Arch Linux ( but research this one and see if you REALLY want to use it )

and so on.....
 
Old 04-03-2013, 07:21 PM   #23
chrism01
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Sydney
Distribution: Centos 6.9, Centos 7.3
Posts: 17,417

Rep: Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397Reputation: 2397
If this is the file you want to extract
Code:
/home/laura/Downloads/Win2-7Pack_v6.8.3_Multilang_Aero_MD5_14f6a20dee3a4355cf0df01631487853.tar.lzma.tar.gz

# then the cmd is 
tar -zxvf /home/laura/Downloads/Win2-7Pack_v6.8.3_Multilang_Aero_MD5_14f6a20dee3a4355cf0df01631487853.tar.lzma.tar.gz
The reason your prev attempt failed was because people were showing you their prompt as well as the cmd eg '~$ tar ...'
'~$' is the prompt as you can see on your own system; no need to type that in.

Also, when people say /path/to...' we mean substitute the directory path to the file, wherever that is. Remember that in Linux you can either
1. cd to the dir containing the file, then use the relevant cmd eg tar
OR
2. use the cmd from another dir by specifying the dir path to the file's location, as per my example.

HOWEVER, that being said, use the advice in posts #13, or 14 instead of doing it this way.

Here's a good Linux cmd line ( aka cli) tutorial
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

Linux isn't really that difficult, its just different to MS and takes a little effort.
http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
Once you've got it, its really powerful and useful.

Last edited by chrism01; 04-03-2013 at 07:23 PM.
 
Old 04-04-2013, 02:33 AM   #24
Anonymouse
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Jan 2013
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
If you want a Linux distro to look like Windows why not use Zorin OS?

http://zorin-os.com
 
Old 04-04-2013, 12:59 PM   #25
DavidMcCann
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
Posts: 4,715

Rep: Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525Reputation: 1525
Let's start over here!

That mysterious file that won't open is probably broken. One way or the other, it's time to forget it and move on.

You say you find Linux a bit mysterious. Obviously it will be to start with, just as if you'd won the lottery and bought a Mac.
http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

If you're using Ubuntu, is the problem that you find the user interface a bit strange compared to Windows XP? If it is a case of "help, my computer's turned into a smartphone!", then a lot of Linux users would agree with you. The two options are
(1) soldier on and hope you'll get to love it.
(2) replace it by something that looks more traditional. Linux Mint should fit the bill nicely.
 
Old 04-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #26
shivaa
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2012
Location: Grenoble, Fr.
Distribution: Sun Solaris, RHEL, Ubuntu, Debian 6.0
Posts: 1,800
Blog Entries: 4

Rep: Reputation: 286Reputation: 286Reputation: 286
Quote:
Originally Posted by lorahjo View Post
I don't know anything about Linux at all. I mean, I've just tried to download one of the Gnome themes and it says 'extracted' but then what do I do?
You need not to extract gnome theme. Just open Appearence windows from System tab. In next window click on Themes tab, and click on Install button. It will then ask you to brows the theme, so simply brows the theme and again click ok. Next to it, it will itself ask you to Apply the new theme. So, just try it.

PS: Go to this page (http://art.gnome.org/themes/metacity) and download and save w2k theme. Install and apply it.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
extract file from tar ust Linux - Newbie 8 03-31-2009 08:23 AM
how to extract tar.gz file ???/ wahaha Linux - Software 6 10-27-2007 09:33 AM
extract tar.gz file manolakis Linux - Newbie 3 11-13-2006 11:49 AM
can not extract the tar.gz file sharad durgawad Linux - Software 3 10-05-2005 03:41 AM
How to extract a tar.gz file? deWin Linux - Newbie 3 11-10-2004 12:24 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:38 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration