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I'm trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 as a VM guest, Windows 7 host (tried installing Ubuntu 13 before that, as a guest as well, but got the same problem) on VMware. My problem is that I end up on a terminal that tells me:

Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS(GNU/Linux 3.5.0-23-generic i686)


167 packages can be updated.
82 updates are security updates.

VMware Screenshot

Is this normal? Could anyone tell me what to type afterwards?

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Are you on 12.04, or 13.04 now? – Mitch May 2 '13 at 16:44
I'm on 12.04 right now ! – Thomas Cunningham May 2 '13 at 17:08
Can you upload an image to a website, and give me the link, so I can add it for you? – Mitch May 2 '13 at 17:09
Here it is, on my twitter account. Thanks for your time and involvement! – Thomas Cunningham May 2 '13 at 17:24
Well, I never - that startx did it. Thanks so much Mitch ! – Thomas Cunningham May 2 '13 at 19:01

Well to get started, just type startx at the prompt, and that should do it.

startx will start the GUI that will allow you running a single session of the X Window System.

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You're typing

apt=get install

Instead of

apt-get install

The first one sets an environment variable called apt to the value get, and then runs the install program, which is a much lower level utility used when compiling your own software (which most people do not do).

The second one runs the utility apt-get, which is a command line interface to the package manager.

And for su ; su elevates you to the super user, but you need to know the super user's password... alas, on Ubuntu, root (the super user) has no password. This is what sudo is for - sudo lets you pretend to be the super user, and needs your password, not the password for root.

Happily, you can run su while pretending to be the super user...

sudo su

And feed it your user password, not the password for root.

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