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I just installed Ubuntu. Totally new to it. I tried to download to different things from the Internet (RealPlayer and YouTube Downloader), but when I try to open the file(s) to install an archive box pops up saying that I can't. What's the problem here? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

The message I get is:

Archive:  /home/justanotherpoet/Downloads/RealPlayer.exe
Zip file size: 760128 bytes, number of entries: 35584

   [/home/justanotherpoet/Downloads/RealPlayer.exe]:
     Zipfile is disk 46863 of a multi-disk archive, and this is not the disk on
     which the central zipfile directory begins (disk 42501).
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You cannot use Windows software on Linux, except using a Windows-emulator like Wine, although it's preferred if you use native Linux programs. Please use the Ubuntu Software Center to download the required software. Click on the button on the top-left corner and type Ubuntu Software Center and then click on the icon saying that. There browse/search for the software you need and you can install them like that. –  nitstorm Jul 11 '12 at 19:42
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@nitstorm Just for future reference, WINE is not an emulator, it is a compatibility layer. –  hexafraction Jul 11 '12 at 20:13
    
@ObsessiveFOSS Sorry, my bad. –  nitstorm Jul 12 '12 at 4:39

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You are downloading Windows software and attempting to install it on Linux. Windows installation packages will not work (without installing the Windows compatibility layer, Wine) ; but it's usually best to find a native Linux program for a given task.

Installing software in Ubuntu is usually done through the software centre, or the Synaptic package manager, or using the command line apt-get utility. You can download .deb packages, or even download sources and compile them, but it's usually best to use a package manager if you can.

  • For media playback, try the default Movie Player (Totem) or VLC
  • If you want to download YouTube content, check out this thread, especially the complete comments section.
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Okay thank you. I'll have a look. –  user76436 Jul 11 '12 at 19:40
    
I dont know, that all seems a bit too complicated for me. Isn't there a simpler solution, such as some Linux-compatible software that will handle everything for me (including converting to Mp3)? –  user76436 Jul 11 '12 at 19:46
    
@user76436 Look in Ubuntu Software Center, and install Wine and try opening the RealPlayer installer again, or use a piece of software supported in Ubuntu Linux(If you can find a download that's a DEB file, you should be able to install it) –  hexafraction Jul 11 '12 at 20:14

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