1. RyuShinobi500

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    I have just downloaded and installed Linux Mint and it is amazing but I am stuck at one thing I cannot figure out how to download and install software and I was hoping someone could give me some pointers on this topic thanks in advance
     
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    You can either use Mint's built in Software Library (or something like that) and install software from there or you could also apt (or whatever packaging tool your distribution uses) and install software from the official repositories.
    You;re going to need to use apt for some things, so I'd recommend getting used to it.
    Here's an example. Say there's a program "foo" on an X repository.
    If that repository is in my list of software repositories I can use apt like this:
    sudo apt install foo
    From there it'll automatically install.
     
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    Isn't it:
    sudo apt-get install foo

    But yes, generally you would use Software Manager.


    So... Did you not try to do a Google search at all for anything like this?

    Because if this is giving you so much trouble that you immediately decided to start a forum thread, Linux is going to drive you completely bonkers very, very quickly.
     
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    To expand on dAVID_'s answer, the software library is called Synaptic Package Manager. It provides a GUI for looking up all the software available via the official repo (distributions have their own maintained repos of software that is supposed to be the closest compatible versions for your OS). For command-line installation, there is the Advanced Package Tool, used like "apt-get install <program name>" or "apt-cache search <program name>", but I recommend the nice debian/ubuntu wrapper for it used like "apt install <program name>" or "apt search <program name>" as it has nicer commands and interface (in my opinion).

    For command-line, first update your OS's knowledge of what software and what updates are available: "apt-get update" or "apt update"
    Then, if you know the exact name, install it "apt-get install <program name>" or "apt install <program name>", such as "apt install ncurses". You will probably not be root user, so you will need "sudo" in front like "sudo apt install ncurses"
    If you don't know the exact name and want to search for it, use "apt-cache search <program name>" or "apt search <program name>". This takes in regex input too, if you are familiar with it.

    Btw, if you are in commandline and ever want more info on a program, type in "man <program name>" like "man apt" or "man apt-get", it'll give you the official manual for it :D

    Oh and yes, as Kwyjor mentioned you will want to use Google. A lot. Linux isn't a single, mass company product like Microsoft's OS so there's going to be a looot of clunky things that'll overwhelm people new to it. Google a lot. Google everything. Linux is always painful at first, but it gets easier overtime and eventually if you stick to it it'll become second nature and you'll have much more control over your computer than Microsoft would ever let you have.
     
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    Alternatively, you can go to Flathub, search for the software you want, and click install.
    Easier than that... only if you use the Package Manager.

    I, personally, tend to install everything via terminal. But I wouldn't start there.
     
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    Okay thank you I did google this but all I got was how to install linux mint

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    Okay thanks for your help
     
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    Are you REALLY sure you googled it and found nothing :rofl2:

    Screenshot_20191209_184751_com.sec.android.app.sbrowser.jpg
     
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    Okay I did not think of searching that I searched

    How to download and install software on a Linux Mint operating system
     
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    Not defending anybody but Google highly customizes and filters results for the individual, so different people may get different things. There's also the permutations of words that can be entered. Also Linux is exhausting to new people so cut them some slack :P
     
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    Okay I am having another problem I am trying to install Brave Browser

    Link: https://brave-browser.readthedocs.io/en/latest/installing-brave.html#linux

    and when I type this command into the terminal sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl
    I get this

    E: Malformed entry 1 in list file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-.list (Component)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.
    E: Malformed entry 1 in list file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-.list (Component)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.

    do you know what this means? I am at a complete loss
     
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    sudo apt-get install and sudo apt install is the same. It's just an abbreviated version.

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    It basically means that something is wrong with /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave-browser-release-.list. Try opening that file with a text editor, and see if you find anything weird. If you can't fix, it might be useful to post a screenshot here.
     
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    Okay I tried to open this archive but it says a error has occurred and it does not show any files within the .zip archive should I try downloading the .zip archive again? thanks
     
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    Ubuntu has something called Ubuntu Software Center, I would assume that Mint has something similar, and that's what they were talking about. It doesn't list every package, it just provides an easier (for a beginner) way to install popular software. Not the same thing as Synaptic, if that's what they meant.
     
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    That isn't a zip file.
     
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    Okay sorry its icon is a box

    here are a few screen shots of whats happening

    I input this command into the terminal
    Screenshot from 2019-12-09 18-21-22.png
    and get this
    Screenshot from 2019-12-09 18-23-35.png

    I do not know what this means and hopefully it is fixable
     
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    Try opening the .list file with a text editor.
     
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    Where is this .list file

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    The CMD says there is a list file but none are in my computer
     
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    /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
     
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    I did a full system search in my files library and this file is not found another thing I should add is that it is saying this when I try to install any program it is like it is stuck on the brave installation
     
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    Then something might have wrong. Try reinstalling.
     
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