View Full Version : [ubuntu] Amateur first time using Ubunutu- dont know where to begin

August 17th, 2011, 07:46 AM
hey guys im new to ubuntu so please bare with me, i've tryed browsing this forum but its huge.. Any good guides around on how to use ubuntu for customizing and just general use of the terminal etc?? Also why cant i drop the apps from application onto my desktop without mentioning failure? Also wanna learn how people do that awesome setup with the CUBE hehe,Thanks johnny :)

August 17th, 2011, 07:56 AM
Check out...


August 17th, 2011, 07:56 AM

http://library.nu/docs/RFJQY8E0VB/Ubuntu%20Linux%20Bible%3A%20Featuring%20Ubuntu%201 0.04%20LTS%2C%203rd%20edition

go with these for everything . follow some blogs like this www.omgubuntu.co.uk

August 17th, 2011, 08:18 AM
First thing i'd suggest doing is opening up Ubuntu Software Centre and having a look at how to install software on your machine. That's the first place to look for stuff you need, on Linux you generally don't download installers from websites if you want software, you get it from your package manager. This same system also handles updates and removing software.

August 17th, 2011, 08:27 AM
Thanks guys, i guess its all reading , reading and more reading for me :) , Quick question, Whats the best programs i should use which are similar to windows for example, music, video etc? Also how do i drag my apps onto my desktop? Really dont wanna go into applications as i've got quite a few and would prefer if they were on my desktop hehe

August 17th, 2011, 08:27 AM
Here's a page that has links to get you started

Here's a couple of guides



August 17th, 2011, 08:52 AM
Thanks guys but how do i add apps onto my desktop hehe ?

August 17th, 2011, 09:34 AM
Thanks guys but how do i add apps onto my desktop hehe ?

I haven't used Gnome in a while, but I think you right click on your desktop, select create desktop launcher (or something to that effect). Under name, if you start typing something that is in your applications menu, it should select the program with "create firefox launcher?) click on it, and it should create it for you.

August 17th, 2011, 11:42 AM
An excellent beginner's guide, with references to other sources:


August 17th, 2011, 12:31 PM
also Ubuntu manual, but that one is for LTS edition i believe.

if you want more windows like experience then try Kubuntu.

as for the programmes depends which ones you used before. Choice is really big and if you used opensource one before chances are there is a linux version for them.

For Music you have Banshee, Rythmbox, Amarok, Guayadeche (or somehting like that) and many more.
For video you have VLC which runs just about everything i guess.
CD/DVD burning you have Brasero or K3B
Torrents you have Deluge, Ktorrent, Transmission ...
office you have open office
e-mail you have Evolution or Thunderbird
Browsers - don't even get me strated, rekonq, konqueror, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, Sea Monkey,....
FTP you have Filezilla and many more such as Krusader etc.
chatting programmes you have X-chat for IRC (can also find real time support here), IM are Pidgin, Empathy, Gyachee (yahoo! IM compatible), aMSN (for those with MSN friends). Skype, Ekiga... and many more

August 24th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Thanks for the help guys, What program would be equivalent to acronis in windows? I always use to backup my windows system incase i would have a crash so i wanna do the same for ubuntu just in case hehe, thanks

August 24th, 2011, 11:59 AM
Also i noticed my webcam is black? I installed cheese but its just black any ideas guys ? im using ubuntu 11.04

August 24th, 2011, 12:51 PM
For Backups you could try either backintime or deja dup. I've used the first, not the second, but the second is reputed to be simpler.

Webcam. What type is it - make/model/built in or usb? It sounds like the driver for it hasn't been installed. I think most require uvcview to be installed so do a search within synaptic and if it isn't installed get it. Also many people have reported guvcview to be somewhat better than cheese so that's worth a look.

May 21st, 2012, 09:40 PM
It's been awhile and I don't know if you're still looking but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for a book I stumbled on in my local library.
It's Ubuntu for Non-Geeks by Rickford Grant with Phil Bull. It's for Lucid Lynx version 10.04 which I'm still running.
A new version should be coming out for 12.04. I won't move into 12.04 until that book is available. It comes with a cd.
My grandmother could get up and running with this book.