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Old 03-05-2006, 09:46 PM   #1
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general installing question

ok someone PLEASE be my buddha and enlighten me on how to install things... i just installed ubuntu yesterday (i don't know HOW on earth i managed to do that by myself =p) but when it comes to installing programs... whether it be scite or really simple things that would be easy to install on windows like that macromedia plugin... i have no CLUE and i feel really stupid.
Old 03-05-2006, 10:03 PM   #2
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In ubuntu:

system > administration > synaptic package manager
.. for a good rundown. It is for 5.04, but the information is basically OK.
You want to know about installing extra repositories.

applications > accessories > terminal
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

uncomment all the repositories which have been commented out. Then:

sudo apt-get update

... or use synaptic.

You should be able to find pretty much everything you want here.

For firefox plugins (macromedia, javascript etc) open firefox and visit the mozilla webpage (it's in your bookmarks). There are also extensions and themes for firefox there.

Generally, installing and updating software in Ubuntu is actually easier than in windows. Also quicker.

Also, take a look at the second menue down (My LQ) over there >>>--->

... from there you can modify stuff in your profile (click on "Edit Profile"). Go through the list - the thing I'd like you to list is your distro (Ubuntu) and your location. This helps experienced members answer your posts. Thanks.
Old 03-06-2006, 11:31 AM   #3
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okay that clearly didn't work with the flashplayer thing but i'm not so worried about that for now... now that little updates icon is showing but i'm not able to click it/open/install it.... i can't open anything from "administration" either...


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