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Old 08-06-2011, 04:44 PM   #1
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How to install programs in Linux?

Linux newbie here, and I need serious help.

What are the basic steps to installing a program, like a Flash upgrade into Linux Mint 10 KDE? Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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I run ubuntu, which is what Linux Mint is based off, and most software is installed with a package manager, In ubuntu it is apt-get or a gui for it like synaptic. So if I know the name of the software I need I just type "sudo apt-get install awesomeprogam"

or in synaptic, I use the search box.
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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Thanks, how does one install the package manager, though?
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:59 AM   #4
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Not sure if this is what's meant, but it should be pre-installed on Ubuntu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Software_Center

You can launch it directly from the start menu or whatever linux people call it

Through the Software Center you can find very many programs that you can install with the click of a button.
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In Mint it is under system from the menu button(start button in windows) there is a software manager and package manager.
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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Ok, found it. What's next?
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:04 PM   #7
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now you just search for the software you need. Usually when i am fresh on a ubuntu install, i google something like "things to do after installing ubuntu" and it will find a good start for getting everything you will need (playing protected files etc), you should be able to do something similar for mint
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:16 PM   #8
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Thanks. While we're at it, any Linux programs that will run content better than VLC Media Player on Linux?
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:34 PM   #9
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Thanks. While we're at it, any Linux programs that will run content better than VLC Media Player on Linux?
mplayer and xine. you can install more codecs as well if your distribution doesn't come with them by default. Spend some time with the debian/ubuntu/mint handbooks.
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I have found in my linux ventures that the ubuntu community is very easy to access and is a good distro to start your learning
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