Discussion in 'Current Events' started by alysona, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. alysona

    alysona Guest

    I am new to Ubuntu Linux where should I start? I installed an old copy of ubuntu linux 6 and I am fairly new to it. I would like to know where to find programs for ubuntu, how to install them, how to troubleshoot some minor problems (such as getting the Internet to work) etc. Is there a good website for this sort of stuff?
  2. dragonbite

    dragonbite Well-Known Member

    Aug 30, 2008
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    Hi! Welcome to Ubuntu!

    The Ubuntu website has a good place to start at https://help.ubuntu.com/, which includes links based on which version you are using. There is also a section for Common Questions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CommonQuestions

    The version numbers are indicative of when they came out. For for example the latest release is version 10.04, which means it came out in 2010 on the "04"th month (April). They release 2 times a year, currently set to April (yy.04) and October (yy.10), with the exception of, I believe, in 2006 when they released in June (06.06). The "LTS" means "Long Term Support", which basically means they offer security updates for 3(desktop)/5(server) years instead of the usual 18 months.

    If you want a more up-to-date version, you can go to http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop and they have a few ways to get the latest version. I am not sure I am going to be at the next General Meeting but if I am I'll have a couple of CDs on me I can give out.

    To learn about how to use Ubuntu, it is going to take reading,
    • http://www.google.com (Google is your Friend)
    • https://help.ubuntu.com/ Ubuntu Documentation (Official and Community)
    • http://ubuntuforums.org, it may take some weeding through but practically all questions are answerable
    • there are a number of Ubuntu books in the bookstores and many times they include a CD or DVD too[/list:u]

      As for installing software, along the top is a menu bar with 3 menus (Applications, Places & Systems). To install software without having to go into the command line you can go to either
      1. Applications > Ubuntu Software Center
      2. System > Synaptic
      The Ubuntu Software Center is pretty easy to navigate and includes information on the programs, sometimes a screenshot, and an installation button.

      I highly recommend coming to the Linux SIG. We have people from a spectrum of experience involved and we don't bite (may have fleas, but don't bite :lol: ). Feel free to post in the Linux SIG forum any questions as well.

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