Problems I encountered as a Linux newbe:

  • Q: How do you burn the Ubuntu iso on windows xp???

    A: Download Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. Install, pull up command from Windows Resource Kit in the Program menu and type: cdburn.exe yourfilename.iso.

  • Q: How do you access windows files after installing Ubuntu to hard drive? The Manual says: Open System->Administration->Disks..., but "Disks" wasn't in the menu!

    A: Try this.

  • Q: How do I compile HelloWorld.cpp (file is on my desktop)? A:

#include <iostream>

int main()


  • std::cout << "Hello, world!" << std::endl; return 0;


/Desktop$ g++ hello.cpp -o hello

/Desktop$ ./hello

Hello, world!

  • Q: How do I make a link on my desktop to open a shell?

    A: Applications>Accessories> click and drag "Terminal" onto desktop


  • Q: How do I change the shell's working directory on opening (so I don't have to type cd ....)

    A: Right mouse click on terminal icon > Properties > Launcher > edit Command to read "gnome-terminal --working-directory=Desktop"

  • Q: How come when I open FileBrowser and search for g++ it doesn't find it? (I've tinkered with every search option I could find.) P.S. g++ is at user/bin. A: ?

  • Q: What is the keyboard shortcut for copy and Paste? ctrl+v doesn't work. A: ?

  • Q: Why don't my python programs run, they worked fine in Windows.

    A: Add "#! /usr/bin/python" to the beginning of the file and make sure it's executable - Right click > Proprties > Permissions. Also, IDLE is available from the Add/Remove menu.


Gordon52 (last edited 2008-08-06 16:38:25 by localhost)