Kubuntu 6.06 , Firefox. install

Rein A. Smit rein0zn at ix.netcom.com
Fri Sep 22 07:14:57 UTC 2006

     Hello Roger,

Thanks much for all the info.

Have been "on Linux" on and off for many years but never
really "Into it" as one should. Why? I wanted to run a very good
audio processing program that was written under Linux.

In particular, I think because Linux provided a C/C++ compiler
for free instead of some USD 500 or more from the other vendor.

Following that project for some 7 or 8 years, books can be filled
with questions on how to get this program to work on different hard-
ware platforms. Anyway.

There is a lot of very positive reporting on Ubuntu on the internet
and I have been wondering why. Compared to Knoppix, Debian, SuSe,
Mandrake, all versions that I have had or tried to make to work
here at one time or another.

I am going to read your email carefully and hope to get back with you

I have worked in a version of KDE where one had a file manager that
one could run with root privileges ( super Kfile or something like it )
It would let you move, copy, etc. files at root. Have not been able
to find that capability in Kubuntu. Does it exist?


Rein Smit

Roger Haxton wrote:

> On Friday 22 September 2006 00:40, Rein A. Smit wrote:
>>   Hi Tod,
>>Thanks for info.
>>  I am not at the machine with Kubuntu, so will answer
>>whether Firefox is there or not. But I looked for it
>>whether it had been installed with the standard install
>>and did not find it. Could be well my mistake.
>>Let me address the Ubuntu/Kubuntu issue.
>>I wanted to put Ubuntu on an old Pentium 200 MHz with 1024
>>Mb. Again, I knew that would be marginal but did not think
>>it would be THAT marginal. Never got it to work in Xwindows.
>>So then I went to the P4 machine and as my previous experience is
>>with KDE, I decided for the Kubuntu version.
>>I am well aware that there is Office and Spread sheets and tons
>>of other programs. What I intended to say is that if I click on
>>a .pdf or .doc or mp3 or what have you, as an active link in a
>>WEB page, I want the browser to be able to handle that. ( such
>>as open Adobe reader or some .ppt reader, mp3 player etc ) without
>>having to download the file then open Adobe by hand.
>>    http://www.konqueror.org/
>>Konqueror does do these functions I noticed now.
>>Firefox is, as is Netscape and IE with all its other drawbacks.
>>Will get back on whether Firefox is installed or not. If nothing
>>else, on a version to be used on the WEB, I should think that a browser
>>as Firefox, would be listed under "Internet", and it is not in Kubuntu.
> Rein,
> IIRC, Kubuntu doesn't come pre-installed with Firefox as KDE is designed to 
> use Konq rather than some other browser.  Personally, I always start with an 
> Ubuntu install then make sure I have enabled the universe and multiverse 
> repositories then do a sudo aptitude update and sudo aptitude install 
> kubuntu-desktop.  This installs everything that installs with kubuntu into my 
> ubuntu and I now have the choice of GNOME or KDE as my WM.  I have also gone 
> the other way and installed Kubuntu first and then did sudo aptitude install 
> ubuntu-desktop.  Of course if you don't want gnome and everything else that 
> the ubuntu desktop provides, you can do just  sudo aptitude install firefox 
> (thunderbird, etc, etc).  FWIW, adept is the graphical package manager that 
> is installed by default in Kubuntu, but I prefer synaptic, so even if I don't 
> install the entire ubuntu-desktop on my kubuntu machine, I definitely install 
> synaptic for when I want a graphical package manager.  Once you have the 
> universe and multiverse repositories enabled, poke around in there and see 
> everything that is available to install.  Oh, the other nice thing is the 
> add/remove programs from the main kubuntu menu.  When I use the one for KDE, 
> I make sure the drop down box says any suite so I can see both GNOME and KDE 
> packages and check the boxes for unsupported and proprietary software.  Very 
> nice selection that is a snap to download and install.  Another tip as I use 
> my laptop a lot rather than a desktop is I adjust my /etc/apt/sources.list 
> file to comment out the cdrom that way I can install software and it doesn't 
> ever prompt me for the cd as it just downloads everything it needs.  
> Hope this helps your foray into (k)ubuntu as I love it and run it on all my 
> machines.

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