Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/191245/beginner-geek-how-to-install-software-on-linux/
Installing software works differently on Linux. Instead of visiting a website, you’ll usually need to grab the software from your Linux distribution’s software repositories with its package manager. This sounds complicated, but is actually simpler than installing software on Windows.
A while ago I made a little video on the same subject. That may be useful.
whs; How about a LINK to your video.
Just right click on the video and get the URL. That is the most generic approach. But here it is in case that does not work. I cannot post the full link because then it is again being expanded into the video screen.
Maybe sometime you could explain Synaptic Package Manager- not that it's difficult. Many Linux users prefer this to the sotware managers.
My first Linux machine (a netbook) ran so slowly I ended up learning Terminal installs so as not to waste time...
sudo apt-get install package
sudo apt-get remove package
sudo add-apt-repository ppa/somethingsomething
dpkg -i whatever.deb
dpkg -r whatever.deb
And once I installed Wine, I set it the default program for EXE files so I can just double click them like Windows.
One of the advantages of Linux software installations is the updates, particularly with PPAs. I get the Irie-Shinsuke PPA for Blender along with updates for the OS and all software I have installed on the system, so I have all the absolutely latest improvements to Blender long before they're released in a new version. The only way Windows users can get access to those improvements is downloading from GraphicAll.org and installing: my system has all that automatically.
I would recommend, necessarily, that PPAs are the best way to get stuff - you need to sort-of know your sources and stuff - but this one's rock-solid.
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