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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Getting the Basics down.

OK, First of all. Ubuntu, or linux in general is not for people without a large amount of computer training.
Or atleast the will to learn. I myself have 5 combined years of computer classes.
And over 12 years of personal computer experience. I am relativley new to linux.
But I have learned over the years, that the best way to learn something is to teach it.

Right off the bat. Ill get you acquainted with Linux. Once booted up, and on the desktop.
Depending on what flavor of linux you are running. you will either see the toolbar on the top or the bottom of the screen.

Those of you that are new to the whole experience, should probably play around and find where every thing is at on the toolbar.
I am running Ubuntu 10.04 when this is being published.
The more experienced users will know that the important stuff is listed under "system."

Ok we will start off with the Terminal. Also known as "Bash" in some instances.
Goto your applications, then to the accessories slide. Click on terminal. and it should pop up saying.
(Name of user)@(Name of Computer):~$

A few bullet points.

  • sudo: this means you are telling your computer to do something, also refereed to as root.
  • gksu: this will open up a window to run programs. an easier shortcut is "ALT+F2"
  • cd: this mean you want to change the directory.(I.E There is a file in your documents. you cant simply type the name of the file and expect the computer to know where that exact file is.)
    • So you type "cd ~/Documents/" This will redirect the terminal to your Documents folder. the Tilda "~" is the abbreviation for /home/users/yourusernamehere/
  • apt-get "This one is more for Ubuntu Users" This tells your computer that you want to get a file from one of the Ubuntu repository's. (Always remember to use "sudo")
    So in my case it would display as "david@davids-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get <name of application>" replace the "<name of application> with the application. (Without the greater than less than signs)
    This will download then specified application. However if you want to install the application, you would need to insert the install tag. Which would read something like this.
    "david@davids-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install <name of application>"
    The terminal will then ask you for the keyring. Which is what ever the administrator's password is.
    Then it will ask you to confirm the installation, Upgrade, or Replacement with a Y or N.
    Generally you will put Y for yes.
I want to wrap this little intro up for now. I will always make these tutorials. But it does me good to know that I have actual people reading these. Email me here. Set the subject as Ubuntu made Easy, and let me know what you want me to cover in my next post.
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  1. Pretty informative. What about linux mint?

  2. Ahh, Linux mint. I will most definatley do a blog on mint. That was one of my greenest times with linux.

  3. Cool. I've wanted to try Linux for a while but have been intimidated.

  4. I like what you are doing however, Linux CAN BE for everyday use. It can even be much easier than Windows in some cases.

    Maybe you dont get all the bells and whistles with Linux, but it can do it with minimal effort and know-how.

    Check this out

  5. @Jeeves Linux is really a cake walk compared to some engines I have used.