installing educational software

Asked by beanermw on 2006-09-08

I am unable to install my child's educational software games onto my computer. I have no problem using the same software on my other computer with windows. How do I install these games? They are on cd not downloaded.

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2006-09-25
Jason Sandlin (crane) said : #1

Try installing them with Wine. Windows emulation program. You can install wine through apt ot synaptic. Do a little research about running program in wine but it could solve your problem.
To install with wine use,
wine /path/to/executable
in a terminal.

Getting Windows programs to run in Linux is, in my experience, either easy (wine just works) or very, very hard. It might be better if you try some Linux equivalents.

Try this:

* Under System/Administration, start Synaptic Package Manager

* Enter your password

* Once it starts, click on Search and type in "educational" (without the quotes) in the "Search" box. Change the "Look in:" option to "Description and Name." Click the Search button.

* There will be a bunch of packages displayed that may interest you. Try installing gcompris, for example, or childsplay, or tuxmath, or tuxtype.

beanermw (beanermw) said : #3

How do I get this Wine? I am not a computer wiz, so I don't know what apt ot synaptic is either.
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Jason Sandlin<mailto:<email address hidden>>
  To: <email address hidden><mailto:<email address hidden>>
  Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 7:38 PM
  Subject: [Support #1739]: Re: installing educational software

  Support request #1739 on Ubuntu changed:
  https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1739<https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1739>

  Comment:
  Try installing them with Wine. Windows emulation program. You can install wine through apt ot synaptic. Do a little research about running program in wine but it could solve your problem.
  To install with wine use,
  wine /path/to/executable
  in a terminal.

beanermw (beanermw) said : #4

do I have to be online to do this? I can't even get the computer to read the disc to download to get onto the internet.
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Eamonn Sullivan<mailto:<email address hidden>>
  To: <email address hidden><mailto:<email address hidden>>
  Sent: Saturday, September 09, 2006 9:35 AM
  Subject: [Support #1739]: Re: installing educational software

  Support request #1739 on Ubuntu changed:
  https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1739<https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1739>

  Comment:
  Getting Windows programs to run in Linux is, in my experience, either easy (wine just works) or very, very hard. It might be better if you try some Linux equivalents.

  Try this:

  * Under System/Administration, start Synaptic Package Manager

  * Enter your password

  * Once it starts, click on Search and type in "educational" (without the quotes) in the "Search" box. Change the "Look in:" option to "Description and Name." Click the Search button.

  * There will be a bunch of packages displayed that may interest you. Try installing gcompris, for example, or childsplay, or tuxmath, or tuxtype.

Hi, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. First, no, you don't necessarily have to be connected to the Internet.

As for the Internet, you can check whether you are on Internet by opening the Internet browser (Applications/Internet/Firefox Web broswer) and typing in www.google.com in the address bar. Do you connect? What happened when you tried any of these we previously suggested?

I'm getting the feeling from the answers that someone else installed this computer for you and didn't give you any basic information about it. Is that true? Are they still around to walk you through some of the most basic features? If not, try reading through this:

https://help.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/desktopguide/C/index.html

(I'm assuming you have Internet access from *somewhere* because you are replying to us.) Note especially the chapters on adding and removing applications, including using Synaptic, and chapters on getting your computer connected to the Internet.

Try what I suggested earlier with Synaptic and tell me what happens.

beanermw (beanermw) said : #6

Thank you for the info. I have to try your suggestions. If I still need help I will get back to you in a few days. I got the computer for my daughter from a school sale and they had to remove windows and they put Ubuntu on it with no explanation of how it works or how to do things with it. I got the edubuntu disc and have now put that on her computer with hopes it would make things easier for me, but I haven't had the time to figure it out.

Thanks again.
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Eamonn Sullivan<mailto:<email address hidden>>
  To: <email address hidden><mailto:<email address hidden>>
  Sent: Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:38 AM
  Subject: [Support #1739]: Re: [Support #1739]: Re: installing educationalsoftware

  Support request #1739 on Ubuntu changed:
  https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1739<https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+ticket/1739>

  Comment:
  Hi, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. First, no, you don't necessarily have to be connected to the Internet.

  As for the Internet, you can check whether you are on Internet by opening the Internet browser (Applications/Internet/Firefox Web broswer) and typing in www.google.com<http://www.google.com/> in the address bar. Do you connect? What happened when you tried any of these we previously suggested?

  I'm getting the feeling from the answers that someone else installed this computer for you and didn't give you any basic information about it. Is that true? Are they still around to walk you through some of the most basic features? If not, try reading through this:

  https://help.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/desktopguide/C/index.html<https://help.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/desktopguide/C/index.html>

  (I'm assuming you have Internet access from *somewhere* because you are replying to us.) Note especially the chapters on adding and removing applications, including using Synaptic, and chapters on getting your computer connected to the Internet.

  Try what I suggested earlier with Synaptic and tell me what happens.

I have five kids and can assure you that ubuntu and/or edubuntu is a good choice for them. It's got lots of good educational software and it's safe to use (much less likely to be harmed by internet viruses, etc.) I'd recommend getting a good intro to Ubuntu, like the Official Ubuntu Book, which is on amazon. I have a copy that I don't need and can send it to you. Send me a message off-line (email and other contact information is available on https://launchpad.net/people/eamonn-sullivan). Good luck!

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