What Should I Provide the People Helping Me?
This is the part where you will learn about Terminal and the commands to run to get the information needed to receive help from others.
What is Terminal? Terminal is the command line of Linux. In Windows, it's called Command Prompt. You can start Konsole in Kubuntu by clicking start->system->Konsole - the start button is that blue icon that looks like a K. A command is a word that starts software usually followed by options.
Enter the following: uname
The outcome will look like this: Linux
Now, with an option, type the following: uname -r
The outcome looks like this: 2.6.24-21-generic or something similar
A command can have several options and the option is what determines what the command will do or output.
The command uname is called to find out two major things: the Kernel version and the version of Ubuntu being used. We need this information when posting to a forum, sending an e-mail, or posting a comment to a blog. Post the output of the following commands:
In addition, note the output of:
This command will tell us what hardware is connected to the PCI slots.
This will do the same for USB devices.
If you really want to get fancy, you can save the results to a file and attach that to a forum post or e-mail. Do this by adding the following to a command:
lspci > ~/Desktop/lspciresult.txt
What does that mean? Well, lspci is the command as explained above, and the addition of ~/Desktop/lspciresult.txt will save a text file to your desktop with the output of lspci in it. Do this for both lspci and lsusb since the output could be a large list.
You can copy any of the output from the commands by selecting it. Right click with the mouse and select copy. Then paste it to the e-mail or forum.
For more on Terminal read this article by Josef Nankivell: Awesome Ubuntu Commands You Need to Know!
In part three next week: Introduction to Kubuntu.
Also, I'll cover how to install packages using Adept Package Manager.