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    Angry Newbie Troubles

    I installed Ubuntu and have been loving it.It's a great OS but I've had a few problems.(Ubuntu 12.04 32Bit)

    1.Installing programs downloaded from Firefox
    I don't know how to install downloaded programs.
    For Example:I download WinRAR and It's in my downloads
    but the archive manager doesn't do anything.
    2.Ubuntu Software Center install
    Every time I try to install an app from the USC,
    I will flash the download bar but then it will disappear and
    go back to saying "Install."

    3.Synaptic Package Manager
    I click it from the "Dash Home" and nothing happens.
    I've been trying to uninstall some programs but I can't
    due to this problem.When I try to uninstall programs
    from the USC,nothing happens.

    Other then those problems,I've had a great time on Ubuntu.
    Great Features,interface,and just looks clean.
    Last edited by oldos2er; December 9th, 2013 at 02:31 AM. Reason: Please use the default font.

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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    Hello oddfuturetdw and welcome to Ubuntu and the forums.

    To answer your questions:

    1. You cannot run WinRAR in Linux. It is a Windows program and will not work in Linux without very special and complicated workarounds. But in any case, you do not need it. It performs a very simple task and you can use Linux programs that do the same job. I recommend that you read the following to get a better idea of the way Linux works and the differences between Linux and Windows.

    "Linux is not Windows" intro:

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

    General Ubuntu Intro:

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/index
    http://owlcroft.com/ubuntu/
    https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/Home

    2. Have you updated your operating system since you have installed it? Please open a terminal and copy/paste the following commands into the terminal
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y
    Then try installing your programs from the repositories using Synaptic or Ubuntu Software Center.

    A general user should never install any program from outside of the repositories. Installing programs from third-party sites is one of the reasons that Windows is a virus playground. This is covered in the websites that I have linked to . I highly encourage you to read through them as part of your introduction to Ubuntu.
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    Newb: Stop harping about "best practices" and just tell me.


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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    Should you need to extract an rar package you can install unrar from the software center . There are compression tools as well including rar and 7zip. These programs don't have a GUI ,but the extract and compress options are displayed in the context / right click menu when a folder or package is selected.
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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    Quote Originally Posted by oddfuturetdw View Post
    I don't know how to install downloaded programs.
    For Example:I download WinRAR and It's in my downloads
    but the archive manager doesn't do anything.
    When you deal with a different Operating System, this means that the programs what you used to work with will differ.
    Ubuntu programs and applications are different than windows, you the way you install it is also different. that's why ".exe" files do not work on ubuntu as they work on windows, and ubuntu use another system of installing programs. (ps. Ubuntu can execute .exe files using a windows emulator like wine)
    The best way to install any program is to use Terminal, first update the repository using this command:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    and then if the repository for the program you want to install is there:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install <program name>
    else you need to know it and add it.

    Quote Originally Posted by oddfuturetdw View Post
    Every time I try to install an app from the USC,
    I will flash the download bar but then it will disappear and
    go back to saying "Install."

    3.Synaptic Package Manager
    I click it from the "Dash Home" and nothing happens.
    Make sure that you have an administrator password, and try again.
    When Synaptic is opened it asks first for an administrator password. and sometime earlier there was some reports that it doesn't start and the auth window does not open.
    see:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1989865

    try to run it from Terminal with the command:

    Code:
    gksu synaptic
    Report any errors/messages you get here.

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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    Syanpatic problem solved,thanks!I would download Unrar,but I can't download anything from the USC
    I'll click install but it will only show the download bar for a quick second and then disappear showing install again.
    Last edited by oddfuturetdw; December 10th, 2013 at 12:07 AM.

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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    Quote Originally Posted by oddfuturetdw View Post
    ...I would download Unrar,but I can't download anything from the USC
    You can download unrar using Synaptic.
    I'll click install but it will only show the download bar for a quick second and then disappear showing install again.
    I'm puzzled. You appear to have a very odd setup. Software Center should work out of the box on a pristine install. Have you done anything unusual to your installation since it was initially installed? Have you changed any settings, activated the root account (you shouldn't), or run any scripts using sudo?
    Newb: How far must I jump to clear the ledge halfway down?
    Guru: It's bad to jump off cliffs. Let's look at better options.
    Newb: Stop harping about "best practices" and just tell me.


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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    i think Ark is a good GUI compressed files manager. it is for KDE though...
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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    There could be something wrong with the package management system. Run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    and post the output (in [code] tags, if you please). It may give us a meaningful error message.

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    Re: Newbie Troubles

    This could just be a Lubuntu thing but when I install I have to click an install button, then I have to get the package by clicking another button? I wonder if that's similar on Ubuntu, and if that's the hold up.

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