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May 13th, 2010, 10:15 PM
Ay Up

just come over to linux from xp as I wanted to try something different. My hippy mates say linux is the way forward and to be honest Im liking it so far. Is there anything you would recommend me getting as a new user? Eventually I wouldnt mind writing a programme being an old c64 geek.


May 13th, 2010, 10:32 PM
Hey there,

Welcome :)

There is tons of free software in the Ubuntu Software Center (Applications > Ubuntu Software Center). I think you might want to be a little more specific... for example, are you looking for programming IDE's? Instant messaging programs? Games? Music/media player? Image editing software? etc.

Know what I mean? Also, keep in mind that if we do recommend specific software to you for this (i.e. not to fix a problem but just to try it out), it will be a matter of opinion and there are usually alternatives out there as well.


May 13th, 2010, 10:36 PM
Cheers big man, to be honest I dont know where to start. Just downloaded virtual box so I could run my soulseek and flash mx. I understand there is a museek and f4l but I cant get them to work. Also it would be great to get a phone browser for my samsung tocco. Hee Hee Have I asked too much?

May 13th, 2010, 11:21 PM
There are plenty of Linux alternatives for a lot of Windows software, but I can't speak specifically to the ones you are looking for.

That might take a chat with Mr. Google. Since I'm not familiar at all with what you are looking for, I won't give you wrong directions by pasting a bunch of URLs that won't help you.

I have two recommendations for some good info on getting started with Ubuntu:

http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html (The .pdf is free)

http://ubuntu-manual.org/ubuntu-manual-beta.pdf (Also free.)

As far as programming I use Netbeans most of the time. You can use it for more than just Java. You can create C++ projects as well, provided you install g++ and such.

I think it's in the repos. If not...


If you want to develop in (hack, cough) .NET, there is MonoDevelop


May 14th, 2010, 12:02 AM
That's cool man, Welcome to linux and it seems like alot has going on around here.
Ubuntu is a great first Linux distribution and it's not like you have to be a person who knows BASH or any language at all to use Ubuntu.
(BASH- written for the GNU Project. Specific way to do anything really.)

May 14th, 2010, 06:09 AM
cheers for your replies...gonna go off now and read the hitchikers guide to ubuntu pdf thingy. May have a game on wizball later.:guitar:

May 14th, 2010, 06:18 AM
Hi Robbie,

This is a good guide for new users, it's got screenshots, which help a lot:


Also, install Ubuntu Tweak, it's very handy for doing routine tweaks and improvements.


May 14th, 2010, 08:48 AM

the first thing I do after installing Ubuntu is added the Docky dock and removing the bottom panel.

to do so go to System-> Administration-> Software sources and in the third party tab add:


then open a terminal from applications-> accessories-> terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install docky