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    Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    Hi guys I'm completely new to ubuntu/Linux, but I feel I can't call myself a true geek until I have Linux on at least one computer (I'm using an old Asus Aspire 2920 that has been gathering dust for years). I've managed to install ubuntu 12.10 and the attached image shows how I have it set up:

    ubuntudesktop.jpg

    I would like to get it set up just the way I like it before looking into things further. I would like ubuntu to boot up as shown in image but on panel 2 and 3 of the switcher I would like to have firefox fully open (panel 2) and Open Writer fully open on panel 3. I know this will slow down boot, but should improve productivity once up and running. Is this possible?

    I would also like to know where to find more out about the terminal. Through the set up process I've deduced that “sudo” tells the teminal to do something, usually something like get-apt (get an application from a repository), or install an application. A common process would be something like this:


    • sudo <connect to some repository>
    • sudo <update repository information>
    • sudo <get-apt <get application>>
    • sudo <install said application>


    Basically what I'm asking is, can I have different programmes opening on different panels of the switcher at boot and where do I find out more about terminal and the basics of linux?

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    I don't know about the panels, I'm using KDE. Google for something like "program autostart cairo dock" or "cairo dock config", I've personally never used it.

    As for the terminal, a good place to start would be the Wiki. Here's a terminal introduction, and this lists a lot of command-line related tutorials. Two places I always recommend to beginners when it comes to learning to work in the terminal are tuXfiles and LinuxCommand. Hope this helps, and keep in mind it's going to be fun, probably a little hard to grasp at first though. Have a look at these tutorials too as an introduction to Ubuntu.

    PS: sudo gives root privileges, meaning you can install and access files which are owned by the user root. You can read more about it on the Wiki page, here. It's just a command, like so many others that you can type in a terminal. For example, type ls /usr/bin to see installed programs. Any of these programs can be run by typing their name in the terminal.
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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    cheers will 'av a look

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    Hello,

    To learn more about Ubuntu, the terminal, commands and the like please consider the following links;

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal
    http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html
    http://ubuntu-manual.org/
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    http://www.webring.org/hub/linux?w=1...de.org%2F;rd=1
    http://freshtutorial.com/ubuntu-begi...ial-interface/

    I am not entirely sure you can set it up, through "easy" options at least, to boot up on separate panels (workspaces). However, I have searched it up and a lot of people have asked the same question (assuming you mean 'workspaces') so hopefully the following can help you;

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/73822...ular-workspace
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Devilspie
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=903196

    I hope this helps!

    EDIT:

    8 minutes too late; stupid connection. Well, I still hope it helps.

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    Code:
    Through the set up process I've deduced that “sudo” tells the teminal to do something
    The sudo command allows you to run a command that needs administrator privileges.(root access)
    This is done when changes are being done to the system.
    Not all commands will require this.
    If you try running the command apt-get update, you'll get a permission denied warning. Throw in a sudo and that tells the system that you are allowed to do what you're trying to do.

    Here's more on sudo

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    Thanks guys. Quite excited about ubuntu, had this laptop lying about for ages and after a few hours of fiddling around I have a fully funtioning computer, with word processing, email and everything else i'd need. Also looks quite slick, pyso osx look

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    Hi,

    The NewDocs link on my signature will provide the majority of Ubuntu Documentation.

    Cheers -

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    alboy1975;
    +1 on NewDocs, will keep you occupied for an extended period !

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    hehe, joy

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    Re: Adventures in ubuntu - complete noob

    As a fellow noob, I'm enjoying working through these basic lessons for terminal:

    http://cli.learncodethehardway.org/book/ex1.html

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