GUI Desktop & Ubuntu Software Center


Ok so we jumped right in and implemented Linux, probably without understanding everything we were doing or even understanding where this would lead us but if you are here, you have a running Ubuntu system so let’s learn how to use it from the all levels.  So first let’s get comfortable and grounded with the easy stuff (e.g. GUI desktop and apps).  This lab will be an exploration, collaboration and discussion to continue with our familiarization with the Linux Ubuntu OS and its applications from its GUI perspective.  Note that I have intentionally provided the acronym GUI without explanation as previously presented, you should be researching any unfamiliar terms.

Ubuntu Desktop 

Required Reading – Chapters 2 & 3 – The Ubuntu Desktop from Getting Started with Ubuntu Linux (see syllabus in Lecture Topics => Course Intro & Syllabus => CISS 100 Syllabus for textbook download).  Note many topics in Chapter 3 can be skimmed as it is only necessary to be aware of the functionality’s existence and users can return to read this material as necessary.  It is important to understand the menu system (top menu, launcher and Dash for search), graphical file navigation and management, system settings and specifically networking, Office applications, and Ubuntu One cloud integration.  Multimedia (photos, music & videos) is optional.

Also, please explore the Ubuntu Desktop Guide here:

Note that I have intentionally provided the acronym GUI without explanation as you should be researching any unfamiliar terms. 

Assignment = Ubuntu Software Center Discussion Board

In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the Ubuntu Launcher (left vertical panel) or search in Dash, you will find the “Ubuntu Software Center”.  Please explore this by downloading and trying a few free Ubuntu apps.  Following this please post your experience with and impression of the Ubuntu Desktop and the Ubuntu Software Center’s apps and functionality in the associated Blackboard (BB) Discussion Board (i.e. the Lecture Module that directed you here).

HVCC VDI Ubuntu is still using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and this functionality is found under the “Applications” menu tab.

For me, I am very impressed with Gimp, MP3Gain and Handbrake among others.  You may want to do a Google search to see what others like. As an example, a quick Google of “best free Linux apps” led to this –   Many people including me like the Apple OS but seeing this collaborative free functionality of Linux makes a lot of sense.  As an aside, note that Google’s Droid uses a Linux 2.6 Kernel and its voice recognition works so well because Droid incorporates this right in the Kernel (I really presented this last piece because you should understand what the Kernel is at this point and I am trying to get everyone researching terms they do not understand).

Additional Reading

I will not be assigning additional reading from the Getting Started with Ubuntu Linux text however you should minimally peruse the table of contents and understand what is available as you will need this resource in the future.

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