Using Ubuntu

Another key feature of Ubuntu Linux is that it is a Debian based system and therefore uses APT for software updates. This gives us the ability to download extra software and also keep our system up-to-date. Ubuntu includes a GUI package called Synaptic for using APT.
But before using Synaptic, you should edit your APT sources config file, this is where you configure the apt repositories that you will be accesing from the Internet. Issue the following command from a terminal window:
phwil@scully:~$ sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Now replace the existing text with the following:

deb hoary main restricted
deb-src hoary main restricted
deb hoary-updates main restricted
deb-src hoary-updates main restricted
deb hoary universe
deb-src hoary universe
deb hoary-security main restricted
deb-src hoary-security main restricted
deb hoary-security universe
deb-src hoary-security universe
deb hoary multiverse
deb-src hoary multiverse
deb stable main
deb unstable main
deb testing main

This will give you access to all the software you need.
I would also advise reading the following page about installing additional software that you may want such as DVD, media codecs, java and lots of other useful stuff:

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