I want to install VLC. When I ask it to download in Ubuntu, it tells me to 'Choose an Application'. What does it mean, and what should I do? Clicking on 'choose' gives me a list of my own files and I'm no wiser.
The two most common ways to install software in Ubuntu are:
Ubuntu Software Center
This allows you to install software in a comfortable graphical way like you are used to in Windows or Mac OSX. Software installed from here is updated automatically, although it may not be the latest version which exists of a specific program.
Command line (usually apt-get)
To install VLC, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below:
I'll try to be as verbose as possible. Please let me know at what step you need more instructions: