Printable Guide - Installing Software on Ubuntu

Ubuntu 'Circle of Friends' logoIf you're brand new to Ubuntu, or Linux, many concepts will be alien to you and whilst it is pretty simple to pick it up after a while, you may be left in the dark when things differ from how Windows works.

One of the key differences between the two is how you install software. With terms like package and repository flying around, it can be a challenge to know where to start to get some new software downloaded and installed.

For this reason, I've put together a two-sided printable guide which explains, in very simple and easy-to-understand terms, how to install most software in Ubuntu.

Click the image below to download it as a PDF file.

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It is also available in two alternative formats:

In true open source and open content style, the printable guide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported licence. This means you have the right to adapt and build upon it, provided that you credit FOSSwire (our logo and link should be fine!) and allow others to do the same to your versions too!

In fact, we'd love people to help us, particularly with translating this guide into other languages. It would be great if this information was available to every new Ubuntu user, regardless of where they are from and what language they speak!

If you want to do a translation, I suggest you download the OpenDocument Text version, do the business and then email it to me - peter at - and I will put it up here on FOSSwire.


Finally, it would be great if you spread the word about this new guide - feel free to download and share this among your Linux newbie friends, put it up on your website as well, or just link to us so that the word gets out that help is at hand.

Avatar for peter Peter Upfold -

Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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Discussion: Printable Guide - Installing Software on Ubuntu

  1. # Posted on 15 July 2008 at 08:59 PM

    [...] It’s posted at FOSSwire - here’s where you’ll find it. [...]

  2. Arapajoe (guest)

    # Posted on 15 July 2008 at 09:46 PM

    I've translated it into Spanish. Thanks again for your sheets their really useful! <a href="" rel="nofollow">Instalando Software en Ubuntu</a>

  3. brian (guest)

    # Posted on 16 July 2008 at 04:53 AM

    Thanks! I try and help open linux distro's to the public and my family, this is a great help next to the unix commands and ubuntu help pdf that you have created for us.

  4. # Posted on 22 July 2008 at 03:15 PM

    <strong>Printable Guide - Installing Software on Ubuntu...</strong>

    I’ve put together a two-sided printable guide which explains, in very simple and easy-to-understand terms, how to install most software in Ubuntu....

  5. dani (guest)

    # Posted on 23 July 2008 at 03:40 PM

    great work, i like it :) i made a hungarian translation, check it here:

  6. Noah Sawyer (guest)

    # Posted on 05 August 2008 at 07:17 PM

    Many thanks for this guide. I am a new to Ubuntu. Having recently installed Ubuntu using Wubi, I was disappointed in not knowing how to install packages. I do not have high speed access on the computer so this was a problem.

  7. # Posted on 07 October 2008 at 10:39 AM

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