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    Installing packages

    I am completely new to ubuntu so sorry if this is a basic question ,
    exactly how do you install software ?
    I have downloaded the Linux version of Adobe flash player and tried to install it using the apt-get install command in terminal but just get the
    " unable to find package " message.
    I have looked on quite a few ubuntu " how to " sites and printed off pages of instructions but none give easy step by step instructions .
    I also want to install an anti virus and firewall but have the same problem
    I get the installation icon on my desktop but when I double click on them all I get is a " script " text file .
    Also when you download a file , how do you know if its a .tar or .deb or .rpm file because when I click on it all I get is an " unknown type " error message.
    Confused ... I'll say I am ... but willing to give it a try .

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    Re: Installing packages

    you install software (aka packages) by using synaptic package manager in the System-> admin menu. You dont need antivirus or firewall in linux (unless you are very paranoid) install flash by downloading this and double clicking on it and following the instructions:
    http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/poo...untu4_i386.deb
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    Re: Installing packages

    I found this extremely helpful when I first started using Ubuntu
    http://monkeyblog.org/ubuntu/installing/
    "How to install anything in Ubuntu"

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    Re: Installing packages

    Thanks to you both am getting the hang of it now
    Bit strange at first.

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    Re: Installing packages

    there is also a more user friendly version of synaptic in the applications menu under add/remove(it does not have the libraries [libraries are like windows dlls] and it has images for each package.) If you need any help dont be afraid to ask
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    Re: Installing packages

    Quote Originally Posted by ex-wirecutter View Post
    I am completely new to ubuntu
    Don't worry, i think we've all gone through this. Never be afraid to ask, and as i've been told before, no such thing as a stupid question.

    exactly how do you install software ?
    Either by using Synaptic Package Manager (the repositories / repos) or the Add/Remove menu (under the Applications menu).

    Also when you download a file , how do you know if its a .tar or .deb or .rpm file because when I click on it all I get is an " unknown type " error message.
    Confused ... I'll say I am ... but willing to give it a try .
    Doesn't it say the file extension, like <filename>.<file extension>? If not, then i believe that a simple right-click and Properties will show you the file type.

    Oh, and 1 last thing... Welcome to the Ubuntuforums!
    Last edited by linuxisfree; March 24th, 2008 at 02:13 PM.
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