A Simple Guide To Installing Apps (Software Applications) On Ubuntu 10.10

January 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

You have Ubuntu 10.10 installed and updated so you now want to get extra software to play with and use for work. Today I’ll guide you through the process of installing software applications or Apps as they’re more commonly known as these days. In Ubuntu it is very easy and safe to install Apps by using the Ubuntu Software Center (Ubuntu’s App Store). The first thing we’re going to do is open the Ubuntu Software Center, to do this left click Applications in the top left corner of the screen and left click Ubuntu Software Center as shown below:

Ubuntu Software Center will then open and you will see a window as shown below:

You can now see all the different categories of Apps that are available for you to install like education, internet, science, games and office tools. Ubuntu Software center also has a paid app section that you can see by left clicking ‘Get Software’ followed by ‘For Purchase’, in here you will see a selection of apps like Fluendo for DVD playback and games like World of Goo. But for now we are going to concentrate on free software and how to install your first application. The first app I always install is called Advanced Desktop Effects Settings (CCSM), so type CCSM into the search box in the top left corner of the window as shown below:

Ubuntu Software Center will automatically start searching for results as you are typing and you will see your search results appear below the search box. As you can see from the above picture we have found two results. We are going to install the first one called Advanced Desktop Effects Settings (CCSM) so single left click on it as shown below:

You can now see that the selected application is highlighted orange and has two buttons called ‘More Info’ and ‘Install’. Left click more info to access information about the app you are about to install. After you do this you will see the following screen:

From here you can see all the relevant information about the app, whether it’s free or paid (in this case it’s free) and a short description about the app including a screenshot that you can left click to enlarge. You’ll also see the all important ‘Install’ button above the screenshot. To install this app or any app from the Ubuntu Software Center just single left click ‘Install’ and a system message will pop up asking you for your system password as shown below:

To install the app type your system password into the text box and left click ‘Authenticate’. The app will then start installing and you will see an orange progress bar as shown below:

 

Once the bar finishes moving across the app is installed and the orange progress bar will change to a ‘Remove’ button. You can use the remove button to uninstall the application from your system. You can find most apps under Applications in the top left corner of your desktop and they will automatically be categorized for you, office apps will be listed under Office, graphics apps will be listed under Graphics…etc etc. In the case of Advanced Desktop Effects Settings (CCSM) which is a system application it will be categorized under System, Preferences, in the top left corner of your desktop as shown below:

 

So to find it you would left click System and then mouse over Preferences where you will see Compiz Config Settings Manager, left click on this to open Advanced Desktop Effects Settings (CCSM). You can use this app to change and add different effects to your desktop environment and I will cover how to use it in a later post but for now you have just installed your first app in Ubuntu 10.10. You can use the above method to install any app from the Ubuntu Software Center. I hope you have fun exploring the Ubuntu Software Center and installing applications. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section below.

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