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November 21st, 2012, 08:44 AM
How do i operate linux? I installed ubuntu from my friend but don't know how to operate? I need help to uses on daily basis.
My daily Basic requirement which i wanna use in ubuntu.
MS office(Specially word,powerpoint and excel) or same functioning software for Ubuntu OS
Internet download manager
Any PDF Reader

Please Give me software names or any alternative solution and how to use those software (any help section links)

November 21st, 2012, 08:54 AM
MS office(Specially word,powerpoint and excel) or same functioning software for Ubuntu OS

- LibreOffice should have been installed by default


- try gedit (or "text editor" in the unity menus)


- you can install this via "sudo apt-get install skype" or in the software center


- don't know what this is

Internet download manager

- several are available - check the software center

Any PDF Reader

- one should have installed by default, but they are in the software center

November 21st, 2012, 10:06 AM

- don't know what this is

maybe google talk? if so then then default pidgin is one of the many options.

anyway to the OP open software center, find what you want, installa and you are good to go.

note that MS office doesn't work in linux. You may try to get certain versions working using Wine (or play on linux for nice graphcis interface...)

Libre office, Lotus office, Caligra Suite are available in linux.

November 22nd, 2012, 04:27 AM
How do i operate linux?

Please Give me software names or any alternative solution and how to use those software (any help section links)

A very helpful site for new users is psychocat's:


November 22nd, 2012, 07:23 AM

November 29th, 2012, 01:30 PM
thanks you all and i download the ubuntupocketguide and learn it from it. great help ...it's easy to use after 1 week. Few days i really messed up but now ubuntupocketguide help me lot.

November 30th, 2012, 01:20 AM
gedit is a slightly heavy replacement for Windows Notepad, have a look at Leafpad by finding it in the Soaftware Centre or copying and pasting the following into a terminal:

sudo apt-get install leafpad

And I hope you are enjoying Ubuntu :)

November 30th, 2012, 01:41 AM
Your friend should have set up all that for you and spend at least half an hour teaching you how to use it. I am very thorough when I set up Ubuntu for my friends. I install and test all the applications they need and do the necessary tweakings (if any) and then spend half an hour to an hour showing them how to use it:)


You need to first activate the Canonical's partners repository (sudo apt-get install skype won't work otherwise)

To do that open the Software Centre and go to Edit > Software Sources > Other Software and check the box "Canonical's Partners" then reload the Software Centre you should be able to find Skype in the SC

The Software Centre is flashy but very slow and heavy on resources, I recommend you use the synaptic package manager ( to enable the Partner's repository in Synaptic go to Settings > Respositories > Other Software) Which is fast and flexible, you can install it from the Software Centre (then you will never need the SC again) or in the terminal

sudo apt-get install synaptic

There may be occasions you want to install a downloaded deb (like a Windows installer) by right clicking it (for example, gtalk)

By default if you right click a .deb the Software Centre will try to install it but it takes a long time, so instead you would like to install gdebi

You can install it through the Software Centre or in the terminal

sudo apt-get install gdebi

For google chat download a .deb from its website (choose 32 or 64 bit depending on your architecture)


After downloading the .deb, right click it choose Properties > Open With and make gdebi the default application to open .deb files. Then you can install it by clicking it. It will also set up a google talk repository and you can get updates regularly through the package manager.

I don't install any standalone download manager I use the DOwnThemALl addon for Firefox.

November 30th, 2012, 10:10 PM
They've already given you some great links here...but from personal experience Ubuntu is very user friendly for the most part.

Just don't be afraid to click on things and explore the system. After a few weeks you'll love it.