Whenever I try to install a program such as skype or google chrome I click install in the installation manager but nothing happens. It loads for a little while but then goes back to nothing. A red highlight says this program comes from a 3rd party and may contain non free components.


I assume you are talking about downloaded .deb files which you simply doubleclick to install. There is a second way to install such files.

You can install .deb files as follows

sudo dpkg -i /path/to/local/package.deb

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