For those who have been following our series thus far, you know that I am on a mission from the Penguin himself to take away as much grief as possible with as little headache as possible. Granted, the command line/shell may need to be bopped open once in a while, but for the most part it’s been easy going. One thing I will not do, is send you off screaming with compiling software – that’s for sure. Nothing says “I’m going back to Windows” like a day of chasing down dependencies brought on by compiling software yourself. Moving on!
First up, are you sure that you have enabled all of the non-free repositories for your Ubuntu install? Here ‘s a simple way to get the most out of what is available already. If you prefer, you can do the same with gedit, but for most people this is going to prove a little more user friendly. After all, there are screen shots!

Alrighty, so you have looked and looked. But darn it, where is that Yahoo! clone that I was talking about and even more importantly, you are really feeling the need for Filezilla, right? You might notice that software is not as plentiful as it could be. Sure, there’s a lot there, but you need more. Enter – the click and run option for Ubuntu users.

Right off the bat, there are two very cool things about this service. First, most Dapper apps appear to work well with Edgy. And second, you are going to find some fairly hard to locate applications that you may not be seeing in the repositories themselves. Overall, I have found that GetDeb does a great job at keeping me with the latest version of aMSN. Something that might prove more challenging otherwise. And let me tell you, once you get the plugins and themes rockin’ on this app, there is no stopping you.

Moving on even deeper in to software bliss, we have come to a point where it might be nice to have a back-up of the installed applications. After all, even with broadband, you really could use these applications over at your buddy’s house. Too bad he had dial-up though. Well, just as long as they have Ubuntu, the speed of the connection is no longer and issue thanks to APTonCD. Seriously, this thing is like the poster child of reasons why I avoid most other distros and prefer Ubuntu (although I give props to SuSE’s software DVD option, still).With total honesty, it’s great.

Well, that’s it for today. While I have not completely decided on what the next tutorial will be covering, I am considering showing you how to deal with dual monitors on NVIDIA/ATI cards along with file transfers via Bluetooth to your your mobile devices – both with as little hassle for you as possible. Actually, the Bluetooth transfers are so easy that it makes other OS’ look bad. And, I may even show you proof that Mint Linux is going to be issuing their next distro with those XGL/Compiz styled 3D effects – by default. How does this grab ya?
[tags]Linux,Ubuntu,Mint Linux,SuSE,Debian,package[/tags]