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  1. aBigMeanie aedipuss's Avatar
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    i thought i'd ask a stupid linux newbie question here before i got laughed at on a linux board.

    i installed a software package using applications/ubuntu software center. it downloaded and installed. green check mark. the program is in /usr/games but it's not listed in applications/games on the desktop? all the rest of the installed programs are. it runs fine if i open a terminal and type it's name.

    so i guess the question is how do i make a shortcut in applications/games for it?

    i've been using linux for almost 24 hours now
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    Hi
    I'm using Ubuntu 9.10 but the process will be similar.
    Look in
    System > Preferences > Main Menu > Games
    Then look to see if your game is there but not yet 'ticked'.
    If it isn't then you have to follow a '+ New Item' procedure to create your own shortcut.

    None of this might be necessary though, sometimes the shortcut will magically appear next time you boot.
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    thanks. it was there and checked but still no shortcut. ended up having to re-install linux o.s. after clicking cancel in a popup question about a "keyring". lost wifi connectivity permanently. not a forgiving of mistakes o.s. is what i'm finding, and everything is just different enough to make it easy for a newb to screw things up.
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  4. That is pretty strange. I didn't encounter that many problems with Ubuntu 10.04, not anything that required a reinstall at least. After some initial wrangling it's working well for me.

    Agreeing that creating shortcuts is a bit of a pain, if you aren't sure what the exact command or target file is.
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  5. I just upgraded last night. No lost shortcut links but my video drivers are giving me hell. Even though I was using the open source drivers I ended up with the proprietary drivers after upgrade and no matter what I do I can't get rid of them. I stuck with low res basic graphics mode for now. Ubuntu has come a long way but it still tends to be a pain compared to Windows in some of the most basic ways sometimes.
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  6. On a side note, I'd like to add that I finally gave up trying to get Ubuntu working with my video card after a full reinstalled made things even worse. I decided to try Linux Mint instead, which is based off of Ubuntu. I have to say that it's a much nicer experience. Things seem to be better laid out and just plain out work better than Ubuntu. It might be worth a try if you keep having Ubuntu issues.
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    the x drivers for the nvidia card in this linux box seem to work ok. i choose the ubuntu approved one, not the latest or previous ones offered.

    i re-installed ubuntu 8 times, only twice would it boot after installing. pia. it is only going to be a wireless internet/email box in an unwired part of the house. so far it's pointing me back towards re-installing xp.....

    i'll give mint a look at.
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