New on kubuntu

Pastor JW pastor_jw at
Mon Jul 13 15:05:38 UTC 2009

On Sunday 12 July 2009 8:29:42 pm John Pierce wrote:
> 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)

> 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.

Have to agree!  Most try to dump a new user into apt-get hell and then berate 
the user for not understanding what he is doing. Synaptic is the best first 
step and one can fool around with antique ways like apt when he has more free 
time and first has a little better understanding of the modern system.  This 
is the reason Kubuntu is not in greater use but Synaptic cures this gap by 
providing a modern rather than the luddite style cli update tool. 

73 de N7PSV aka Pastor JW <n><   PDGA# 35276  _Registered Kubuntu User: #27403
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