Chapter 7. Installing software

Welcome to part 2 of our journey! Now that you’ve got Linux running and understand how it works, in terms of things like distributions and desktop environments, we’re going to spend time getting it ready for you to work with. The next 10 chapters are going to teach you to work with and customize your Linux environment so you can work efficiently. For instance, once you learn the command line, you might not ever want to go back to graphical programs. For now, let’s talk about a basic level of customization—installing new software on your system.

Every distribution comes with software preinstalled. In the last chapter we saw that GNOME and Unity each come with the Nautilus file manager and gedit text editor. But ...

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