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Hey guys.
Just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on an old pc. Extremely painless, and a good experience for my 1st foray.

Just 1 issue. I need to install files for skype into a root folder, but it says I don't have the right permissions. I did set up the account as admin.

Any advice?
 
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Basically you need to run the SUDO command when ever your doing anything, it gives you admin rights for what ever your attempting to do.

It means if a hacker accessed your system remotely there isn't much they can do unless they know your password.


It's an even bigger pain then vista/win sevens pop up windows asking you if you want to run a program.

( in my opinion)

I couldn't get into linux at all, also there was always one component in all rigs I've tried that didn't work.

( usually VGA or Wifi)
 
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Ok. So in my case I just need to copy some files into a root folder as such.
What command would I use then?

Been spoilt with Windows and Mac osX
 
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King Wookie,

I think you misunderstood the install process.
From the skype site, download the package for Ubuntu
it will have a .deb extension.
Open up a terminal and type:
sudo dpkg -i the-file-you-downloaded.deb

Here is a link that may explain better:
https://help.ubuntu.com/7.04/add-applications/C/install-file.html

NOTE:
This is for individually downloaded files.
Most all packages are available via the Synaptic Package Manager (GUI).

Hope this helps
 
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sudo cp file dir (dir = new location)

You will then be asked for your usual account password and when input successfully the "cp" command will run with elevated privileges. To copy a whole directory/folder instead of one file it's cp -R directory instead of filename.

As for Skype itself follow reg's advice above but you will certainly need to know what I just said above in general.
 
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Thx gents. I'll give it a bash.
The ironic part was this was a pc put together to help a friend out, as she is without at the mo. But I've just found out the wireless internet system she has does not have Linux drivers, so it's a moot point. So annoying.

But, I'm learning, so it's not a waste.
 
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Thx gents. I'll give it a bash.
The ironic part was this was a pc put together to help a friend out, as she is without at the mo. But I've just found out the wireless internet system she has does not have Linux drivers, so it's a moot point. So annoying.

But, I'm learning, so it's not a waste.
JY kan nou vir jouself slim noem LOL
 
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Nee wat. Lang pad om te loop voor dit. :p
 
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Thx gents. I'll give it a bash.
The ironic part was this was a pc put together to help a friend out, as she is without at the mo. But I've just found out the wireless internet system she has does not have Linux drivers, so it's a moot point. So annoying.

But, I'm learning, so it's not a waste.
The wireless doesn't have drivers for Linux or
the wireless wasn't recognized on install?

If wireless is the problem and there really isn't
any Linux drivers (there may be, based on the chip set)
then it's a simple matter of using the NDIS wrapper
and the Windows driver.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper

Don't give up so easily, you will most certainly learn something
about Linux giving you a much broader knowledge of operating systems.
(the business world relies on *nix/linux for mission critical tasks) ;)
 
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E.g. cheap and reliable servers and network infrastructure.
Exactly :)

Servers for Financial Systems and infrastructure routers run a *nix based system.
One more thing, the majority of the INTERNET is *nix/linux based :laugh:

Now it's time for the desktop :p
 
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Oh yeah don't forget easily scalable and customizable and as powerful as you could hope for. As far as code and OS goes anyway. Without an expensive and legally binding license and "support agreement".

Always been UNIX, Linux more noteworthy and relevant today going forward as free and collaborative and, by it's nature, always changing for the better.

P.S. Sorry but it's never time for the desktop. For the masses. Not any *nix we know anytime soon anyway. That ship sailed (and sank).
 
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look, when you have a file that you need permissions to use or access, a handy thing to do is "chmod a+x" what this does is allow the user to execute the file in question. This usually eliminates the need for Sudo.