August 28, 2007
(if you have Ubuntu 6 – Edgy Eft see my other post)
Really really straightforward!
just go to the skype download page (here)
- Look for the Ubuntu logo and hit “Feisty Fawn” to start downloading
- Once the download is finished you’ll find the skype-debian_188.8.131.52-1_i386.deb (that’s how it’s currently called, it may change name) on your desktop or wherever your download files go.
- Open the downloaded package, then the Package Installer will do the rest.
May 2, 2007
When I had Ubuntu up and running I was quite anxious to play with the new OS and customize it with my favorite apps. Some apps I was able to install via Add/Remove Applications (Azureus, Amule, VLC) quite easily, other apps I had to understand how Synaptic worked and read through the Ubuntu wikis.
The first app I wanted to install was Skype and here I describe how I did it hoping it comes handy to other beginners like me.
Installing Skype through Repository:
- Go to: System>Administration>Synaptic Package Manager
You will be asked for your system password, then a Synaptic Package Manager window will come up.
This window shows the so called repositories which control the installation process and get the application packets from the Internet into the OS.
- From the Synaptic Pagake Manager window click Settings>Repositories.
- From the new window Software Sources select the Third Party tab and click Add.
- Paste the following into the APT Line field:
deb http://download.skype.com/linux/repos/debian/ stable non-free
then click OK and OK again until you get back to the Synaptic Package Manager.
- Click Reload to refresh the repositories
- Search and Mark for installation the packet Skype, click on apply and keep going until the application is completely installed
- If all went right you will find Skype from the menu Applications>Internet
April 27, 2007
Over the last year I have been fighting in my lab with Windows XP until I finally installed a copy of Ubuntu Linux release 6.10 code-named Edgy Eft. My experience so far has been quite positive even though getting started with Ubuntu required some efforts. The wikis of the Ubuntu web site have been very helpful.
My experience with Ubuntu so far:
- Downloading and burning a cd with the OS is easy to do as it is well explained in the Ubuntu web site
- Kind of funny having to run the suggested error check prior to intallation
- The partition of the hard drive while installing the OS requires some research! number of partitions, size, filesystem …
- The installation of the OS is quite fast, it only takes 15-20 minutes
- For an OS that’s free, the graphic user interface is quite impressive
- A number of useful applications is installed together with the OS
- Installing additional applications
isn’t as intuitive as it can be with mac or windows can be done in different ways. Some apps can be installed easily through the Add/Remove Applications. Other apps can be installed through the repositories in Synaptic or through command line in Terminal.
- The desktop switch feature is pretty cool and saves time
- Not surprisingly the machine – 2 GHz Pentium IV w/ 512 MB of RAM – is performing much better than when running win xp