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new to pepperment
« on: February 16, 2016, 02:24:38 pm »
okay so this is my first time on Peppermint. how do i download a program and save it....
i have just downloaded peppermint.

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Re: new to pepperment
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2016, 03:26:40 pm »
Hi MADDOGBROWN, and welcome to the forum :)

Are you asking how to download Peppermint, and then create an installation media from the downloaded ISO file ?

Or have you already installed Peppermint and are unsure how to install additional software ?
« Last Edit: February 16, 2016, 06:02:05 pm by PCNetSpec »
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Re: new to pepperment
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2016, 03:29:43 pm »
Hi MADDOGBROWN, welcome to the wonderful world of Peppermint.  Firstly, you don't download programmes.  This is a very Windows habit  ::).  Things are much easier and and much safer with Peppermint Linux.  You say you've just downloaded and installed Peppermint Six.  I guess you haven't updated and upgraded your system yet  :).  Let's do that first.  We're going to use the terminal to do this.  Don't worry, I'll talk you through it and by the end of it, you'll wonder what all the fuss is about.  The terminal is your friend  ;).

Since the time when your installation ISO was originally created, the kernel and the installed software packages, will have gone through several upgrades.  Peppermint, like other Linux distributions is a very dynamic and rapidly evolving operating system.  Consequently, it needs to be kept as current as possible for optimal performance.   Please open a terminal window with the following keystrokes: Ctrl+Alt+t.  Enter the following commands into the terminal window.

TipLinux is case sensitive.  To reduce the possibility of typographical errors, please click the Code: [Select] function below to highlight the contents. Click on the centre mouse button/wheel while the cursor is in the terminal window to paste the contents.

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apt update && apt upgradeHit enter and enter your user password, when asked.  Hit enter again and follow the on screen instructions.  After that has completed, continue with:
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apt dist-upgradeHit enter and enter your user password, if asked.  Hit enter again and follow the on screen instructions.

After the upgrade has completed, reboot your machine because it's highly likely there will be kernel upgrades.

Now we've that out of the way, you're ready to install software.  This is found in our repositories.  All the software in these has be tried and tested and is also under constant scrutiny.  This is one of things that makes Linux so safe.  The Windows way, you've no idea what malware is attached or what you're getting into.  For the present, please avoid downloading and installing from the internet.  When you're a little more experienced, you'll be better prepared to know what and where is safe.

To install software from the repositories, repos for short.  You can do this several ways,  The terminal, (you've already seen that in action), the Synaptic Package Manager.  This is a  mighty powerful tool, but you need some expertise to use it.  We're going to use the Software Manager.  This so easy to use, you'll ask yourself, "why can't Windows be like this  :D". 

We're going to navigate from the menu button in the panel.  Navigate: menu > System Tools > Software Manager.  Enter your user password where asked and hit enter.  Be patient, it takes a short period of time to open.  In the newly opened window, you'll see all the categories available.  Select the one you're looking for and click on it.  You'll see a list of everything contained in this category.  Double click on something that catches your eye.  You'll now see a summary of what this package is and what dependencies are associated with it.  If you want it, click on the install button.  Your software will now install onto your machine and appear in your menu system when it has completed.  You can also use the search field in the top right hand corner of the Software Manager's window.   In the Featured Category, there are some Peppermint Metapacks.  These contain pre-selected software to help you choose.  You can use the Software Manager to remove packages too.  That's it.  Linux is really hard eh   ;D!

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Re: new to pepperment
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2016, 04:59:07 pm »
What software were you looking for?
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