Hello world! I'm a virgin to linux/ubuntu, but I grew up on DOS (which isn't helping at this point). I'm interested in using linux for my work, but I'm having problems installing... anything at all. I did manage to get Ubuntu (I'd tell you the version, but lsb-release returns 'command not found') installed on my Chromebook (Acer C7 C710-2847 Intel Dual Core B847) so I'm happy about that. I can bounce around with the cd and ls commands, and I've dowloaded several things I'd like to install.
The problem is every article I find on the topics of installing tell me to use apt or aptitude to install them. But NOTHING out there (that I've found yet) explains how to actually INSTALL APT or INSTALL APTITUDE without ALREADY HAVING one or the other. I did manage to find another command, dpkg, which is suposedly the backbone for both apt and aptitude. But the dpkg command ALSO returns command not found. So I found instructions on how to download and install dpkg, but those instructions assumed the dpkg install file would be a tar file. (I have used the tar command successfully). It is not. The dpkg install file I downloaded is a .deb file - which needs dpkg to install! ...wtf?
How can I install something without already having an install program?
Looking forward to being part of the community, and thank you in advance for your time and assistance!