Newbie-Friendly Post-Installation Ubuntu Usability Setup Guide
This tutorial is designed for new Linux users that are familiar with Microsoft Windows. The goal is to address some of the most common issues that these people face. (Namely, media codecs, and general terminology.) I tried to write it as someone might explain it vocally; I attempted to add humor in an effort to keep it interesting, although I make no guarantees that it is actually funny.
I strongly recommend that, as with any Linux-oriented tutorial, you read though it entirely before you try any of it.
This guide will assume the use of a fresh installation of Ubuntu 8.10 (32-bit). Please also note that what happens on your computer may differ a bit from what happens on my computer. I tried to get at least one screenshot of each of the different prompts, but you may have an extra window here or there, or I may have an extra window here or there; it just depends. However, if you are presented with something I didn't cover, just do what seems like the right choice (for example, choose the default option, if it is a prompt of some sort), or ask about it on the forum.
Okay, the first thing you should do is reboot the computer (if you haven't already. Then, you will be presented with a login screen:
Go ahead and type in the username you created during installation. It will be shown on the screen as cleartext:
Press the [Enter] key. Now, you should be at the password prompt:
Type in the password that you created during installation. It will be shown as a black dot for each character:
Press the [Enter] key again. After a few seconds, - maybe a little bit longer, depending on your machine - you should arrive at the desktop:
In that last picture, did you notice the red arrow with the exclamation mark inside of it, which is being pointed to by the balloon? That means you have updates available! We want those. So, click it. You will be presented with a password prompt:
Type in the same password you used to login, and then press the [Enter] key. Oh, look! It already has done the hard part for us - all of the checkboxes are already checked:
Great, now click the button that says Install Updates. After you do that, it will start off looking kind of like this:
You know you're close to being done when it looks like this:
When it finally finishes, you can close it, if it doesn't do that itself. Then, you'll probably see this:
Hmm... I think we should click the icon that the balloon points to. (It is two arrows, each pointing to the end of the other; together, they form a circular shape.) You get this prompt:
Well, we want to get all the updates ready to use, so click the button that says Restart Now. When your computer restarts, go ahead and login, and then continue below.