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Been tinking with 11.04( the newest I think) and have a few questions.
1. How do I install my downloads? I downloaded flash player and a few business softwares from the application icon. It downloads and shows progress on the task manager. what happens to it after this? I have tried to open or extract each but it doesnt make the program usable. I know there is a simple step im missing. What is it?

2. How do I put a shortcut icon on the main desktop?

3. Can you move the task bar to the bottem of the screen or is it locked on the left?
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Install flash through synaptic or the software manager. If you don't you have to use an archiving program to extract the flashplayer.so and your easiest place to install it is .mozilla/plugins located in your home directory. Anything with a . as the first letter is a hidden file.
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That is a foreign language to me ....... Could you dumb it down for me?
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extract the file from the mozilla site, using whatever you choose to extract it. right click, extract here, very very windows like..... then go to your home directory, view -> show hidden files, then go to the .mozilla folder and make a plugins folder. omg what's the next step, put the flashplayer.so in there!

Linux isn't is so close to windows now, I really don't know how I can dumb it down cause it's so freaking close to the same thing.
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For most software, you should just go to your "start" menu and go to Add/Remove Programs. Type in the name of what you're looking for, check it off, hit Apply, and the rest should be automated.

I think this should also apply to Flash, but if you want to do it the manual way:

1. Download the file (it should be in .gz or something like that.)
2. Double-click it and extract the libflashplayer.so file.
3. Follow the code below in the Terminal:

Code:
cd ~/Downloads (assuming you extracted the file in your Downloads folder)
mv lib* ~/.mozilla/plugins
And that should be it.

1. cd ~/Downloads in the terminal means to change the directory to your Downloads folder in home (~ means home; it's simplified for /home/[your name])
2. mv means to "move" (same as cut/paste).

lib* means "the file that starts with lib and has any ending." We could have typed in all of libflashplayer.so, but lib* shortens it. * cannot be used if there may be ambiguity. DO NOT use it for deleting unless you're absolutely sure of what you're doing! (Using * as an argument for the delete command can cause everything in a directory to be deleted.)

~/.mozilla/plugins is the destination, where we want to put the libflashplayer.so file.

So we basically took that file and said "move from Downloads to mozilla plugins." That's how that command works.

And that should take care of Flash Player. It has worked flawlessly for me to install 64-bit flash in multiple Fedora systems.
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I would imagine you can run Synaptic Package Manager, and then just search for the proper flash plugin and Ubuntu will automatically install it and update it when necessary.

Doing it the way other users have said above isn't the way you should do it.
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Flash Player is indeed in the Ubuntu software repositories; as long as you have enabled the Partner software source. There should be no need for a manual installation... of Flash or almost anything else.
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2, 3: not with unity (the shiny/silly new interface) afaik. if its not already installed (at the login screen, take a look at the sessions icon/menu/w.e) get the classic gnome. hopefully they didn't replace it with gnome3 yet.

As to how you install gnome, it should still be the gnome-desktop meta package, unless they changed/removed it.
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Yeah but flash is more up to date when you do it manually, I can't stand going to hulu to find out my flash isn't up to date.
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Also to answer the other questions,

The way I would put an icon onto the desktop would be to press the "Applications" menu and then drag whatever you want to the desktop (or right click on it and click "add launcher to desktop"), this is the way it would be done Gnome 2 style.

To answer the other question, why is the task bar on the left? In all versions of Ubuntu (that use Gnome 2 and not Unity) have a task bar on the bottom. If you just right click on it, you'll realize that it is merely a malleable panel. Then you just click "add panel" and it will add a panel to the bottom where then you add the "window list" applet to it. HOWEVER, it sounds like you are using Unity to me, and in that case I wouldn't know how to do it.
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