Picture of Ubuntu: Getting Started (11.04)
Ubuntu is a linux operating system based off of Debian.  It is my personal favorite distribution of linux.  While Ubuntu is a great operating system, it can create some issues for both new and advanced linux users.  This instructable is to help demystify Ubuntu and give you some things to get started correctly.

I have been a Ubuntu user for around 3 years now.  I have been playing with it since 2008, but I have recently been using it as my main operating system.  I have experienced a few glitches over the years, but Ubuntu is by far one of the best OS's if you have the right hardware and setup.

Now I am using Ubuntu for most of my school work and all of my audio and video processing and editing.  Ubuntu works amazingly well on my 7-year-old Dell laptop.  If you have a newer computer, it will run wonderfully.

For this instructable, you will need:
A computer
The Internet
A Blank CD
A CD Burner
A Hardrive big enough to hold Ubuntu

This particular instructable is for Ubuntu 11.04.  The things in this 'ible should work across most versions of Ubuntu, but I cannot guarantee that.  In Ubuntu 11.04, a few things changed from the older versions of the OS.

If you don't feel comfortable doing this, invite a computer-savy friend over to help you out a little.  Enjoy a glass of lemonade with your friend and have a wonderful time installing your new OS.  I am not responsible if you mess up your computer.  You either did something wrong, or you didn't follow my instructions correctly.  I highly recommend you back up your computer on an external hard drive in case your computer loses power during the install or you accidentally mess something up.

There are many ways to install ubuntu other than the CD method.  There is another instructable that discusses the Wubi method.  I have no experience with that kind of install, but I hear that it is much simpler.  You may want to consider Wubi if you are uncomfortable editing a few settings on your computer.
When I try to download flash it says:
"This link needs to be opened with an application,
Send to:"

I don't know whether the program needed came with it or needs to be installed, but i can't find it.

I'm sure this is an easy fix but i'm still new to the operating system and any help would be appreciated.
wazupwiop (author)  facilitator4763 years ago
You might be doing a few things wrong. When you go to the adobe website, select the APT for Ubuntu package. Try this first.

If you still get the message "This link needs to be opened with an application." Select the "Ubuntu Software Center" from the list.

If Ubuntu Software Center is not on the list, go to the Ubuntu Software Center by clicking on the Ubuntu logo in the top left corner of your screen. After it opens, there will be a search bar in the top right. Type in "flash". It will show a few packages. Click on the one that says "Flash Installer for Mozilla Firefox".

I hope this helps you out.