New on kubuntu

John Pierce john.j35 at
Mon Jul 13 03:29:42 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 8:11 PM, Joel Oliver<joelol75 at> wrote:
> Luis Ordaz wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm new using kubuntu system and i dont even know where to start to
>> play media or to run any programs. can somebody help.
> The best place to start here is to enable the medibuntu repositories:
> To play dvd's required the libdvdcss2 package which may be 'illegal' in
> some countries.
> Also installing the kubuntu-restricted-extras package will get your
> codecs for most media up to date.  Also look into the vlc media player.
> It "self-contains" all the most common codecs right out of the box and
> is a fantastic player.  There are many choices though and it's all
> personal preference...  Especially with managing your audio collection.
> (Amarok is a great full featured player/organizer but is heavyweight)
> vlc, and many others are lighter with the lightest being the mpg321
> package which plays mp3's right on the command line.
> The most important thing for a newbie is to learn how to manage your
> software packages and kubuntu doesn't really impress me in this area
> with the 'adept' manager.  I recommend grabbing the synaptic package
> manager right off the bat.  Drop to a terminal and type:
> sudo apt-get install synaptic
> and enter your password..  Then learning that getting software installed
> by using the repositories and adding new repositories instead of the sad
> Windows way of hunting down software packages by going to the website of
> the software and downloading them one by one (Which is also very
> insecure as many of these 'free' Windows software brings spyware,
> adware, trojans... ect.)
> There are some uses of getting certain packages from outside of the
> repositories for some reasons.  Mostly to get the lastest version (such
> as my website to get the latest svn
> gtk-gnutella software in precompiled .deb and .rpm packages), to get
> "non-free" commecial versions restricted by copyright (Virtualbox comes
> to mind), or to get software which isn't in the repositories (Frostwire
> comes to mind) and the best method of adding repositories (Handbrake is
> an awesome video converting program that requires a ppa to be added,
> there is many ppa's on launchpad for different software)
> Welcome to (k)ubuntu!
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Joel, I want to thank you for your effort in steering this new user in
the right direction.  So many times I see the majority of
experienced users of various distros blowing off new users.  We were
all new users at one time or another and probably felt overwhelmed.

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