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    How do you install applications?

    I have no idea how ubuntu works, sorry if this question is dumb. All I really need is skype, google chrome, and minecraft. Any help is appreciated thank you

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    Re: How do you install applications?

    Hi zRW8b6z and welcome! Your question isn't dumb. In Linux, software for installation is assembled into entities called packages. One way of installing a package is to go to the Ubuntu Software Center, select it, and click install--nothing could be easier. You could do that with Google Chromium right now. You can uninstall (remove, as we prefer to say) from the same place. There are other methods of installing/removing software, working with .deb packages for example, but USC is the easiest. To work with a .deb, you download the package and then open a terminal and type:
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    dpkg -i /fully/qualified/path/to/package.deb
    Hope this helps you.
    Last edited by whitesmith; October 6th, 2013 at 05:36 PM. Reason: clarity and detail
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    Re: How do you install applications?

    Yes, we have the Ubuntu Software Centre for installing applications. It is easy to use and we have the confidence that the application code has been audited to make sure that the applications does not do anything nasty. But, you will not find those three applications in the Ubuntu Software Centre. You will find Chromium but not Chrome. I guess the reason for this is that those applications may be free but they are not open source. And that is a big difference in Ubuntu.

    So, basically you need to download the application and it must be in a package format that can be installed in Ubuntu and that is the deb (from Debian) format. Then you browse to it with the File Manager and right click on the deb file and select Open with Ubuntu Software Centre and the Software Centre will install it for us. That put simply is the way to do it.

    https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

    http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/

    Minecraft? I do not know and I do not want to know. It seems much more complicated than I would wish for.

    https://minecraft.net/download

    Proprietary applications are not the responsibility of Ubuntu developers.

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    Re: How do you install applications?

    When I was getting GOogle Chromium from the software center I was stopped with this error:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:

    chromium-browser: Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1) but 1:4.6.3-1ubuntu5 is to be installed
    Depends: libudev0 (>= 147) but 175-0ubuntu9.4 is to be installed
    Depends: zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.3.3.dfsg) but 1:1.2.3.4.dfsg-3ubuntu4 is to be installed



    How do you think I could fix it?

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    Re: How do you install applications?

    You could try running the command:
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    sudo apt-get install libgcc1 libudev0 zlib1g
    And then retry your original command.

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    Re: How do you install applications?

    admin@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer gsfonts-x11
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    flashplugin-installer : Depends: libnss3-1d but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: libnspr4-0d but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.


    I just did your command, then typed this one to get flash (I NEED YOUTUBE D=) and the issue doesn't seem to be fixed how to I correct this problem. I don't know what it means by broken packages. :\

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    Re: How do you install applications?

    Quote Originally Posted by zRW8b6z View Post
    I just did your command, then typed this one to get flash (I NEED YOUTUBE D=) and the issue doesn't seem to be fixed how to I correct this problem. I don't know what it means by broken packages. :\
    I believe youtube has converted all their stuff to HTML5 so you no longer need Flash. It was a huge security problem. Bring up something on youtube under Chromium and see what happens.
    Last edited by whitesmith; October 6th, 2013 at 06:17 PM.
    In working with *nix...There be dragons. Newcomers: I recommend reading Linux is Not Windows (http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm) and The Linux Command Line (http://www.linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php) before beginning your quest for a better OS.

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    Re: How do you install applications?

    I can't get chromium, the same error occured.


    chromium-browser: Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1) but 1:4.6.3-1ubuntu5 is to be installed
    Depends: libudev0 (>= 147) but 175-0ubuntu9.4 is to be installed
    Depends: zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.3.3.dfsg) but 1:1.2.3.4.dfsg-3ubuntu4 is to be installed


    Ubuntu seems great so far. Thanks to everyone that is helping

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    Re: How do you install applications?

    install ubutnu restricted extras package from software center (you get flash, fonts, codecs...)
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
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    Re: How do you install applications?

    haha, I already did, that was the first thing I got

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