Transitioned from years of Windows O/S to Kubuntu

Clay Weber clay at
Thu Jan 25 00:24:26 UTC 2018

On Wed, January 24, 2018 4:03 pm, James L. Parmenter wrote:
> Hi All;
> I'm 68 yr old white male who's been using Windows since Windows
> for Work Groups 3.1.1 I just installed Kubuntu 16.04.3 on my Laptop. I've
> done in the terminal Konsole, sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get
> upgrade, Discover has updated 259 updates automatically. I've re-booted
> twice since my install. I've searched the Internet for things (guides) to
> do after fresh install, but not sure about some of the advice..? I've read
> some e-books about "how to's" yet not much info on setting up the system
> for an everyday PC usage... I read an article about KDE 5.8.8 and some
> backports..? being available from the PPA..? Haven't installed it yet,
> PPA's leave me a bit weary. I've tried Synaptic Package Manager but
> removed it cuz I don't know what to look for..? No problems w/install, so
> this is NOT Tech Support... just asking for advice for a "good System"..!
> Thanks
> in  advance,
> James...
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When looking at how-tos and the like, make sure you check that the date
they are written are not too old, and are specific to 16.04 as there are
always changes that may make the content out of date. It is easy enough to
ask here or in the forums or irc chat channel.

Actually, if things are working well for you, then there is no need to
worry about PPAs or anything like that.These are nice upgrades but are
totally optional.

As to setting things up, what are you looking to do? There really is very
little to do in this area other than personalization you might want.

While Synaptic is a great tool, you highlight a reason why Discover is the
default software manager. There are a great number of packages that a
normal desktop user will never need to see, such as all the system
libraries, -dev packages, and the like. Discover focuses mainly on
software, not the unseen bits, so it is just fine for many people. As you
are already trying out the terminal, you may soon discover that you like
this method over a GUI tool.
(NOTE: when using the commandline to update, use the correct 'sudo apt
full-upgrade' or 'sudo apt-get dist-upgrade' command as these will install
*all* updates and required additions, whereas 'apt-get upgrade' does not.
Confusing at first, but true.)

Clay Weber

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