Why Ubuntu is not ready for prime time

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Thu Aug 27 15:42:15 UTC 2009

2009/8/27 Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com>:
> 2009/8/27 Jonathan Taylor <gringras at gmail.com>:
>> I have tried Ubuntu several time over the past 5 years.  I usually get so
>> frustrated that I go back to Windows XP.  This week, I installed Ubuntu 9.04
>> on my Laptop.  I spent yesterday trying to install Flash and Real Player 11.
>>  I failed at both.  There is a lot of web content that I just can't use, and
>> I really don't see why Ubuntu has remained so complicated.  Why am I
>> grappling with .bin and .tar.gz?
> The problem seems to be that you even tried to grapple with .bin and
> .tar! I have installed Flash from the .debs, and had no problems. Same
> with 20+ users that I support (Kubuntu, though, that's Ubuntu with the
> KDE desktop).

I guess it might be prudent at this point to point Jonathan at some
documentation which may help him


Jonathan: I would recommend installing the package
"ubuntu-restricted-extras" which you can do in Applications ->
Add/Remove Programs. Just change the 'show' box at the top to 'All
available applications' and type 'restricted' in the search box.
'Ubuntu restricted extras' should be one of the first listed.

This package installs flash, media codecs, fonts and other useful (and
sadly non-Free) apps and libraries which many users these days find


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