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I'm new to Ubuntu and it's an awesome system but i can't find vlc on the ubunut search or figure out how to install any software like flash player etc can anyone help out please will be greatly appreciated

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Install the latest version of vlc in Ubuntu via PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:videolan/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc

Through the Ubuntu Software Center, you can download and install any software in Ubuntu. Download Ubuntu software center from here.

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    Why in the world would you need to download the Ubuntu Software Center on Ubuntu?!? – kiri Oct 27 '13 at 10:34
  • If you use a derivative that hasn't Software Center installed by default, you may want to install it. But that was not stated in the question. Installing a PPA was also not part of the question and isn't necessary. – LiveWireBT Oct 27 '13 at 12:15
  • While some Ubuntu derivatives (including some official derivatives) don't include the Software Center by default, there's nothing on software-center's Launchpad source package page that provides a reasonable way for most people to install it. A properly functioning, Internet-connected Ubuntu system without the Software Center can be outfitted with the Software Center simply by running sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get install software-center. (For Lubuntu, users may prefer lubuntu-software-center, which may already be installed.) – Eliah Kagan Jun 13 '14 at 12:57
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press window or super button.type ubuntu software centre and open it..its like a play store you have in android.search for software(like vlc or xbmc) u want and install it...

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Usage of Software Center should be self-explanatory, but you can also use the web interface:

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