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Hey all! I recently installed the latest version of Ubuntu on my laptop just to see how it the whole linux thing works.

I'm a bit confused on how things work but I'm sure I can figure out the basics.

I have some questions.

How do I install Java?

Also, are all programs/software this hard to install on a linux platform? I know that not everything supports linux. Why do people like linux so much if it seems to be almost impossible to install stuff? I don't know, maybe I'm just an idiot haha.

Any help with my questions would be great. If someone can find me a tutorial or something that'd be even better!
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Hard to install? You should be using Ubuntu Software Centre to install stuff, and that's no harder to use than the Android Market/iTunes App Store/etc. Start by searching for "restricted extras" and go from there (that package is full of good stuff smile.gif)

Come back if you have more trouble..... smile.gif
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^ What he said.

Installing stuff on Linux is easier than so on Windows. Instead of having to find a website, a file, then choose between 32 or 64bit, then installing that file. You can normally do all of that in one command or one click on the software centre. Use the search function built into it to help find certain programs, it is your friend.
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You can also suggest the other package managers, I like synaptic over the software center. There is also packagekit (QT/GTK) as well as others? Idk, software center is pretty decent atm though. I'm very impressed with how responsive it is now.
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Hard to install? You should be using Ubuntu Software Centre to install stuff, and that's no harder to use than the Android Market/iTunes App Store/etc. Start by searching for "restricted extras" and go from there (that package is full of good stuff smile.gif)
Come back if you have more trouble..... smile.gif

Well where is Java on the Software center? I can't find it
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Hard to install? You should be using Ubuntu Software Centre to install stuff, and that's no harder to use than the Android Market/iTunes App Store/etc. Start by searching for "restricted extras" and go from there (that package is full of good stuff smile.gif)
Come back if you have more trouble..... smile.gif

I believe he is referring to software that you download from the net. I also have had a hard time following guides to install flash through terminal and asking permissions. Thats the reason why I stopped using it, but now that you tell me that most of the software is in the Software center, i think I might have to give it another try LOL.
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^this lol
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I'm not a big fan of installing stuff either .

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I got it! Haha.

I just did stuff in the terminal and it worked.

I have checked out the software center and I do like it smile.gif Anyone have any tips for a new user?
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I believe he is referring to software that you download from the net. I also have had a hard time following guides to install flash through terminal and asking permissions. Thats the reason why I stopped using it, but now that you tell me that most of the software is in the Software center, i think I might have to give it another try LOL.

But that's the wrong way of doing things. You are supposed to look for the software package in the distribution's repositories, and if it's not there, make a request for it to be packaged.

@OP:

Learn to work with the shell (i.e. terminal), and learn the basics of package management from the command line. THIS would be a good starting point.

And DON'T try to make it work like Windows. You'll only be frustrated and want to go back. Shake off any ideas you might have about Linux being a "free windows".
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