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    I am a newbie to Linux and I really need help with software installation


    I have no idea what I am supposed to do.
    I am pretty good at figuring things out technologically...but this is just over my head
    I have been trying to install Software like Google Chrome and Bit Torrent but nothing I do seems to work.
    It gives me a packet with a whole bunch of folders.
    I have looked on this entire site and I've seen that there are some sort of codes that I need to put in, in order to install it.

    I just really need IMMENSE help. I've only been using Linux Mint for two days, and I really want to learn how to use it.
    For the sake of sounding like a complete idiot I am wondering where I should put these codes in order to install the software.
    Like I said..I have no idea how to do anything on Linux other than change themes, backgrounds, and surf the internet.
    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
    I am just so confused and frustrated that I can't figure this out.

    I would be SO SO SO SO SO appreciative if someone could please help me out.

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    Linux Guru Jonathan183's Avatar
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    Use the package manager for your distro ... don't manually install things. Lots of software is available through software repositories ...

    use synaptic package manager to install software ...

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    Welcome to FOSS world, one great thing about FOSS is it is documented. Have you tried to search internet for Mint manuals. Have you visited Mint site?

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    Follow instructions from here on How to use Synaptic Package Manager. It's for Ubuntu and works fine for Mint too.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
    New Users: Read This First

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan183 View Post
    Use the package manager for your distro ... don't manually install things. Lots of software is available through software repositories ...

    use synaptic package manager to install software ...
    Installing software in Linux mint is actually very simple as you can just type the softwares name in the search bar in the menu, then click install and you will be guided through the process. Just type "google chrome" there and it will be installed, for bittorent I recommend the use of Transmission, which if I believe is installed by default in Linux mint.

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    I guess my advice should have been read the user guide and use one of the suggested methods which suits you best .

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    Linux is like sex. Before you try it it's a good idea to watch a few videos
    Copy this and go.
    YouTube - Video 5 - Installing and Removing Software in Ubuntu - LINUX

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    I was asking same question 6 months ago ...

    Open terminal

    type

    sudo apt-get install filename

    give password and here you go.....

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