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I've just installed Ubuntu 13.10, my very first Linux desktop. I want to download and install an application (VLC media player) from the Software Center. When I clicked the download button, a pop-up asked me to:

"This link needs to be opened with an application"

It sounds strange to me and I don't know what to do.

Could any guru tell me the proper way to get software online and install them.

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Ubuntu 13.10 is unsupported. You need to upgrade to 14.04.1 - run the command sudo do-release-upgrade – Tim Jul 28 '14 at 11:25
possible duplicate… – Tim Jul 28 '14 at 11:56
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It can be simpler to install packages via command line

 sudo apt-get install PACKAGE-NAME

Where PACKAGE-NAME is the name of a available package - you can search for packages here, or by running sudo apt-cache search SEARCH-TERM

In this case it would be sudo apt-get install vlc. Once you have entered your password, it should search for available packages, and install them once you have confirmed it can.

It is worth noting that Ubuntu 13.10 is now End Of Life - so you may need to follow the steps in this answer to able to install from the repositories. You can also downloaded the latest supported release (14.04(.1)) from here

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Thank you very much for your tips. I find it works perfectly with command line. I installed it without problem. – user309918 Jul 28 '14 at 12:29

You can either open the software centre and search for VLC and install it (you will need to enter you password) or you can follow this link and click the download button, it will automatically open VLC in the Software Centre.

You can also open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and then copy and paste sudo apt-get install vlc. It will ask for you password, but you won't be able to see it typing - don't worry, it is still registering your key presses. Press enter when you have typed it.

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