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Hastor
May 15th, 2010, 11:21 PM
What are some good ways to get into knowing and using Ubuntu? I've gone over hill and under valley trying to figure out how to set the damn thing up on my computer and I have yet to find any use to it outside of the incredibly diverse and well built applications. Thank you.

Hastor
May 15th, 2010, 11:22 PM
If this is a common problem then could I perhaps be directed to any similar threads? Thank you.

cariboo
May 15th, 2010, 11:36 PM
It depends on what you want to do, I use Ubuntu every day for everything from surfing the web, to email, to watching videos, I maintain my Ubuntu powered server remotely, I test pre-alpha software. You name it, I do it.

trentscott
May 15th, 2010, 11:36 PM
What are some good ways to get into knowing and using Ubuntu? I've gone over hill and under valley trying to figure out how to set the damn thing up on my computer and I have yet to find any use to it outside of the incredibly diverse and well built applications. Thank you.

I'd have a look at this other thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1052065.

You might also want to purchase a book on common, every-day things you can do: http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Guide-Ubuntu-Linux-Versions/dp/0137003889/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273962967&sr=1-4.

4Orbs
May 15th, 2010, 11:47 PM
If you mean that you want the same functionality as you get with Windows... then a good place to start is to go HERE (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683) and get all the multimedia stuff working, and maybe even install Google Earth.

gmount-iso is a handy little app to have which makes it easy to mount ISO disks onto a virtual drive (similar to Daemon Tools in Windows).

Then you might install and configure Wine so you could get some of your Windows-only games and applications working on Ubuntu. However not all Windows apps will work in Wine.

Then you might try installing Virtual Box and its guest add-ons so you could try out other Linux operating systems by installing them inside Virtual Box... a nice safe sandbox environment so even if you screw up something, your Ubuntu installation will remain safe and intact.

Then you might install Dreamchess in Ubuntu for a great game or two of chess, although the cartoonish interface may not appeal to you.

Once you begin feeling comfortable with Ubuntu you might start looking into dual-booting or multi-booting other operating systems alongside your Ubuntu installation.

Then you might spend some time on these forums helping newcomers solve their Ubuntu problems that you have already solved.

I could go on with more suggestions, if you wish.

Sealbhach
May 16th, 2010, 12:13 AM
There's a nice guide here with ideas on stuff to to do after installing Ubuntu:

http://blog.thesilentnumber.me/2010/04/ubuntu-1004-post-install-guide-what-to.html

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Hastor
May 17th, 2010, 05:09 AM
Thanks for your collective input. I think I will have more than enough stuff o do from here on out. What sounded most appealing was actually attempting to help out here on the forums. Try to see if I can learn from others and whatnot. Thanks for the support.