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I tried Ubuntu in the past, and found it great, until I found out I needed arcane commands such as:

sudo dpkg -i win2-7_0.1_all.deb  
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme 'Win2-7-theme'

Also, I could not access NTFS partitions, apparently because I couldn't figure out the command prompt well enough.

Is there some way to eliminate the need for this? I am willing to learn some basics, and I still run cmd in Windows (M$ DOS freak), because it's faster than the GUI, but I am not willing to learn this kind of arcane syntax to get what I consider basic functionality.

Can this be worked on by the community?I am not a programmer. Am I missing something that's there already?

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closed as not constructive by Kevin Bowen, belacqua, Eric Carvalho, user68186, Basharat Sialvi Jun 5 '13 at 2:14

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

It is best if restrict your yourself to asking one question at a time. Please edit your question and be specific regarding only the problem you are trying to solve. Do you want help installing your theme package? Fixing NTFS? Or asking us to simplify the OS for you??? As it stands, this will probably be closed as not a real question. – Kevin Bowen Jun 4 '13 at 13:32
Sorry about the confusion. What I am really asking is not how to install the Windows interface, but if there is any way to accomplish what I consider basic tasks (that can be done easily in Win) without resorting to the command prompt. <br/>I was giving these two scenarios as examples. – Nick Trusiewicz Jun 4 '13 at 15:12
The answer to "Is there a GUI for that" obviously depends on exactly what you're trying to do. Online documentation often uses shell commands even when GUIs are available because it's easier to provide consistent, reliable instructions that way. – cscarney Jun 4 '13 at 15:49
Ah. I see. No worries. I just wanted to make sure that there wasn't one specific task, or application, that you needed assistance with. That makes this a pretty open-ended question then. Thanks. – Kevin Bowen Jun 4 '13 at 16:19
@NickTrusiewicz Welcome to Ask Ubuntu. This is not the forum for open ended and broad questions like "Is there a GUI way to accomplish what I consider basic tasks (that can be done easily in Win) without resorting to the command prompt?" Please read the FAQ about the types of question that is not appropriate. – user68186 Jun 4 '13 at 16:27

There is a GUI way of doing it.

First, On your web browser go to:

Look for the following line:

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3 to your system's Software Sources.

Highlight the part in bold and copy that text.

Second, Open Ubuntu Software Center by clicking on the icon.

Third, Click on the Edit > Software Sources... from the top menu.

Fourth, Click on Other Software tab on top.

Fifth, Click on Add button at the bottom.

Sixth, In the window that pops up paste the line you had copied from the web page.

Seventh, Click on Add Source to close the window.

Eighth, click close to close the Software Sources window.

Ninth, Type "Win2-7" (without quotes) in the search box.

Tenth,* Click on the **Install button.

Eleventh, Enter password in the windows that opens. and close that window.

Instead of all these clicking you could type three lines of command and get the same result:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install win2-7

Reference How to make Ubuntu look like Windows.

and Adding a PPA to Ubuntu the GUI way!

Note: When you add a PPA to the Software Sources using the point and click method described above or use the equivalent command line codes, the application package stays updated. That is, whenever a new update is available, it you will be prompted to update the package.

Hope this help.

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It's worth mentioning that this GUI method actually adds the PPA so that the package stays updated. The OP's command line method is basically equivalent to pasting the package URL into firefox and opening the downloaded file with Software Center. – cscarney Jun 4 '13 at 14:03
@cscarney thanks, this is a good point. I will update the answer. – user68186 Jun 4 '13 at 14:36

Sure, all of the given commands have GUI equivalents.
wget is a file download. You're just giving it a file. Just paste the URL into FireFox instead and download from there.

The deb file is a package file, i.e. something that needs to be installed. By default you can install this through the software center, just right click the file in the file manager and chose open in software-center. Once that's installed search for Unity Tweak Tool and install that.

Open unity tweak tool and select your theme from the theme option. I'd also install GDebi to use for installing .deb files instead of the software-center in the future (Also just right click and chose open with GDebi).

You could probably find all these answers just by looking up the actual commands here i.e.
wget (the file downloader)
dpkg (the package installer/uninstaller)
gsettings (Sets a setting from the command line.)
On this site or another one.

As the previous poster suggested using a PPA adds an auto updating version of the theme, this can also be done through the software-center so it gets upgraded together with all the other system updates. Usually command line statements are given because of their brevity, it's much easier than say describing every setting in unity tweak tool.

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Thank you all for your input. Especially those with specific instructions. This, however, reinforces my perception that Linux is not for me, no matter how bad Windows gets. I can also see that in "Ask Ubuntu," there is an intolerance by some posters that perpetuates the perception that this is a fringe OS for an exclusive club. I would say my frustration with this OS has been substantiated by both the helpful and the unfriendly posters. I wish it had been otherwise. Special thanks to @chargedPeptide for the most understandable and helpful post. Too bad you are not writing the "missing manual." – Nick Trusiewicz Jun 5 '13 at 0:45

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