New on kubuntu

Billie Erin Walsh bilwalsh at
Mon Jul 13 15:47:06 UTC 2009

Pastor JW wrote:
> 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. 

Here Here!!!!  Amen!!!

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