Ive recently switched from windows to ubuntu, and i try to learn as well as i can.
The way of aquiring programs in ubuntu is puzzling me. In windows it was simple - you just downloaded some installation file and installed the program. In ubuntu ive been learned to use the terminal or a program "Synaptic Package Manager" (SPM) to download and install new programs.
The ubuntu way seems to limit the possibilities, since i guess you seach through an isolated database instead of the whole internet. Am i wrong on this point?
Is it also possible to download programs from anywhere on the internet? Are there some disadvantages to do so?