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I've just installed Ubuntu and I need either video, wireless, or some sort of other manufacturer (non-opensource) driver. How can I run the tool that will fetch all of these for me? I'd like graphical instructions.

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Unity (12.04)

Ensure that you are connected to the internet, if you are installing wireless drivers then usually you need to be plugged in via an ethernet cable. Click on the Ubuntu logo in the launcher and type drivers and click on the icon that appears.

Screenshot of searching the Dash for "drivers". First result selected.

If you have hardware for which there are supporting drivers to download, they'll show up in this window and allow you to install them. If nothing shows up in this window then you probably don't need drivers installed for your hardware as they come bundled with Ubuntu.

Image of Additional drivers window

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to complete the already excellent accepted answer

Important: Firstly, ensure that you are connected to the internet either wirelessly or via fixed ethernet.

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and what happens next...

and after selecting Additional Drivers (or Hardware Drivers in 10.04)

The following briefly appears

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Followed by:

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Choose from the list of offered drivers - click the Activate button.

Then reboot.

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Drivers

Unlike Windows, most hardware is natively supported in Ubuntu and does not require separate drivers to work. Generally speaking, if it works don't worry about a driver not being installed. Please note: there is a bug so that your graphics card will be displayed as Unknown in System Settings even if the driver is correctly installed and working--you can safely ignore this (or see this Q&A for the workaround).

If however something isn't working:

Ubuntu uses a graphical user interface called jockey or "Additional Drivers" to manage and install hardware drivers that are not natively supported by Ubuntu.

To open it hit Alt+F2 and type jockey-gtk.

A window will then open that will allow you to select additional drivers for sound, video, wireless etc. Here's a screenshot of this window, I already have several drivers enabled.

jockey

If something still doesn't work and you don't see a relevant driver in Jockey, please post a specific question including as much information about your hardware and what you have tried!

Applications

New applications on the other hand--as opposed to drivers--will have to be installed manually. However, unlike Windows, Ubuntu manages software centrally using repositories--in short, you don't have to go find/download software yourself. Ubuntu Software Center is one option for installing software (see this question) but you can also install from the command line usingsudo apt-get install software-name (see this question for more information on finding/installing software from the command line). You can also download Debian packages (.deb) from the internet and manually install them (or compile software yourself from source code if you are feeling ambitious)--but it's much safer and more convenient to install from the repositories. Welcome to Ubuntu!

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Jockey has been merged into the software center, could you perhaps update your answer to reflect that? –  Seth Feb 28 at 19:47
    
this is an old post but still useful; jockey is no longer used as of... 13.04? In any case if you're on 14.10 and probably 14.04 jockey is no longer used. –  dez93_2000 Nov 3 at 18:30
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Unity (14.04 and 13.04/13.10/12.10)

Click on the gear icon on the top right corner of your screen and click on "System Settings" from that menu, click on Software Sources (our you can click on the Ubuntu button and search for "Sources":

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and then on the Additional drivers tab:

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Is there a way to do this selection in the terminal? I changed drivers and now I can only access the terminal. –  Basil Sep 12 '13 at 13:59
    
@Basil see the top question, there's a link to a CLI version. –  Jorge Castro Sep 12 '13 at 15:03

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