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total novice, ex-windows user here, I would love it if you guys could help me a bit.

I managed to boot Ubuntu from a DVD and it's all running smoothly, however, I decided to try installing Openoffice and when I downloaded the file in Firefox, I expected the installation process to be a simple, windows-esque wizard that installs everything, instead I get a compressed file with a load of .deb files and I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with them, having never needed to do this in the past.

so, upon going to the Openoffice support, I found installation instructions involving loads of terminal commands, only I'm not at all sure how to even access Terminal, or if there's anything in the software centre you can recommend to me that might handle the installs nice and easy for me.

I've had a couple of other teething problems, but nothing major, I'll ask about those later, thank you in advance, and yes, I'm willing to use terminal if needs be, no way like the hard way and all that.

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Are you running Ubuntu from the DVD? If so, the installation of OpenOffice will only work until shut-down since its a "Live session". You have to install Ubuntu on your HDD to make a permanent install of programs. Live session is a good way to see if it works. help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation –  aXept Jun 11 '13 at 0:03
    
Ubuntu is on my hard drive, thanks for the suggestion –  green_as_grass Jun 11 '13 at 0:26
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You tried to installl the Windows way. This means finding the download page, download, execute the installer and do what the installer wants you to.

The Ubuntu way, on the other hand, is much simpler. You just go to the Software Center, find what you need and choose to install it. No need to look for source or install anything manually, Ubuntu will do it for you. See this guide.

If you want a terminal-based way, you are looking for apt-get.

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thanks for that, it appears openoffice isn't in the software centre, but I think I might well have downloaded the wrong version, I'll try downloading again with a different version, then see if software centre will install it. –  green_as_grass Jun 11 '13 at 0:24
    
No, you don't download anything manually - the Software Center will download it automatically. It's possible that Software Center doesn't know OpenOffice (although I can not verify this, I do not use Ubuntu) - it makes sense as it is being replaced by LibreOffice - if you don't have a special reason to use OpenOffice, use LibreOffice instead. I'm pretty sure at least one of them is there. –  KamikazeCZ Jun 11 '13 at 0:27
    
If you really want OpenOffice: askubuntu.com/questions/116590/… –  KamikazeCZ Jun 11 '13 at 0:28
    
thanks, I intended to go with openoffice mostly for the familiarity, so that I could just pick everything up from the ground. Thanks again, I'll use libreoffice from now on. –  green_as_grass Jun 11 '13 at 0:50
    
All in all - it is jacket like trouser - cause Libre Office and Open Office (Apache) descend from Star-Office of SUN. Now Version 4.0 of Libre Office is published. –  dschinn1001 Jun 11 '13 at 0:51
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here you find this with google - have some fun ;) :

http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installingsoftware

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware

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from that second guide, it looks like I downloaded a version for another distro, I'll see if downloading the reccommended package works (I downloaded a different version because I didn't want US English) –  green_as_grass Jun 11 '13 at 0:28
    
Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Seth Jun 11 '13 at 1:20
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