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    new to ubuntu

    Hey all
    ok i'm totally new to ubuntu, thought it was about time i learnt how to use it
    i'm in the prossess of building a new system (just waiting for the cpu and a few minor components) so i really need to start doing my homework
    i have just a few questions that u might be able to help me with
    1. can you please recommend any good books for ubuntu
    2. my partner and myself do a lot of online banking, i know trojans and viruses are minimal but do i need additional security
    3. what is the best alternative programs for photoshop, acdsee (photo), flash player, download accelerator any other reccommended programs would be appreciated
    that will do for the moment i'm sure i will be back
    thank you

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    Re: new to ubuntu

    Welcome.

    1. Help Guide to Ubuntu Oneiric version 11.10

    http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Oneiric

    Linux is Not Windows

    http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm

    Very good pictorial Install Guide

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing

    10 Things to after Installing Ubuntu

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/10/1...-ubuntu-11-10/



    2. Linux is very secure, but security is always up to your habits and your hardware.
    You can check your router here - https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
    You should achieve full stealth in the 'All Service port Scan'


    3. For Photo editing I use The Gimp and RawTherapee, there are many choices, have a look in the 'Software Centre'

    When you install Ubuntu it will ask you if you want to install mp3/flash etc .

    For other software it depends what you want to do - here a couple of comparison tables -

    http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...ndows_software

    http://www.linuxrsp.ru/win-lin-soft/table-eng.html



    Rodney
    Last edited by Rodney9; March 19th, 2012 at 02:07 AM.

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    Re: new to ubuntu

    Cheers

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    Re: new to ubuntu

    Rodeny9 pretty much sumed it up. No need to get a book, unless of course you want the confort of a printed copy. There is quite a bit of documentation online. If you run into any problems feel free to ask. Welcome to the forums and to the goodness that is Ubuntu

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    Re: new to ubuntu

    The web site in my signature contains a lot of Ubuntu learning material which you might find useful.

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    Re: new to ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Schoza View Post
    Hey all
    ok i'm totally new to ubuntu, thought it was about time i learnt how to use it

    ....

    3. what is the best alternative programs for photoshop, acdsee (photo), flash player,

    a) Photoshop ----> Gimp, etc

    b) acdsee----> GThumb, Mirage, etc

    c) [Adobe]Flash Player ----> Adobe Flash Player, GNU Gnash, LightSpark.
    If you want to install Adobe Flash player, I recommend you to install it with the aid of a Firefox Plugin called Flash-Aid that will do it automatically for you.

    d) Search for it in "Ubuntu Software Center"

    How to install Software in Ubuntu Linux

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    Re: new to ubuntu

    The download manager I use is Firefox's downthemall. It is a Firefox add-on and works well.
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    Re: new to ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost_Mazal View Post
    The download manager I use is Firefox's downthemall. It is a Firefox add-on and works well.
    I use uGet + aria2 and the FlashGot extension in FF

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    Re: new to ubuntu

    We've been getting LOTS of complaints from folks whose online banks only accept Internet Explorer for web access. If that is the case with your banks, then you are out of luck. Except for very old versions, IE doesn't work in Linux. You should check out what your banks require.
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    Re: new to ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    We've been getting LOTS of complaints from folks whose online banks only accept Internet Explorer for web access. If that is the case with your banks, then you are out of luck. Except for very old versions, IE doesn't work in Linux. You should check out what your banks require.
    indeed. afterall Internet Explorer is the most secure browser so that makes sense.

    but seriously sometimes banks only use frame.net in connection to IE and there are some alternatives for this or workarrounds.

    still i do know that for example my wife's pro account only works in windows, while some other banks here also have linux support. though i am not sure how good their support actually is.
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
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