I'm a complete novice to Ubuntu and like it a lot from first impression but I haven't gotten very far since getting it up and running several days ago. I loaded 12.10 on an old e-Machine that someone threw in the trash and everything seems to be running OK except when I go to install any software (whether CD or downloaded from the Internet) I get the following message:

An error occurred while loading the archive.

  • If its a fresh install then first you have to run sudo apt-get update
    – rɑːdʒɑ
    Feb 25, 2013 at 15:08
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    Which command do you use to install? What do you want to install? Please post the full error message. Feb 25, 2013 at 15:12

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It seems that you are trying to run Windows programs on Linux. Linux has its own set of software and cannot run Windows .exe files to install any software. Instead, software must either be installed from original developer's code, called source code, or the package manager must be used. The Ubuntu Software Center is the default package manager. You can install many different apps with that. A high percentage of the problems that new users have with Ubuntu relates to getting software, such as hardware drivers, to work.

Here are some links that you may find useful and will explain how to get started with Ubuntu:

I hope things go well for you using Ubuntu!

  • Thank you for your response. You confirmed my assumptions that I would not be able to execute Windows program on Unix. I guess I just have to get used to the Unix programs.
    – user135518
    Feb 26, 2013 at 15:15

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