picking up from where we where. I had access to wifes laptop this morning and had a play around. Because she has elementary OS (Hera) on it i have actually tried and tested to see if stuff on internet actually works. There is always a good chance of power off here so will save and re-edit as i go
First a quick mention of where software comes from and how to access it. Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu ,so some of the available software comes from ubuntu repository and can be accessed by the graphic App centre of by using the command line.
I found Elementary this morning more quirky than i remember , but its just a case of getting to know it. On OS like slackware there is a panel on bottom of screen showing something like Dolphin file manager. It took me a while to even navigate around to usb stick that i saved screen shots on. I had to left click on "Application" top left and then type in "files" to get something usable to show.
While i mention it if you have not yet given up, then you need effective communication on here since not many of us are psychic, psychotic maybe but not psychic . Thus the first thing you want is "screenshot" in order to help show us your problems.
To get a terminal up, go to Applications , top left and type in "terminal" you will see an icon , left click on it.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install screenshot
screenshots are saved images, screenshots directory
back to repos's
to see what repos are available and what sources can be added type:
I got /etc/apt/sources.list up in text editor Nano see screen shot . I can't remember if i installed it last time or its there by defualt.
Try the command and see what comes out. if you have not used nano before the ^ actually represents Ctrl button, so to get of gui where it shows ^x you would hit Crtl key then letter x key.
If you wanted to enable more repo sources you remove the # in front of line and save , doing Ctrl key + O.
Because Elementary is based on Ubuntu there are addition sources of software. First one you might add is TimeShift.
this is how you will do that.
Open a terminal window. Left click Applications .top left if you have to and type terminal.
type each line one at a time:
sudo apt install software-properties-common
// its suggested you run above first
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install timeshift
i got that working and went as far as set up : see image for proof
read more here: https://www.fosslinux.com/353/how-to-backup-and-restore-system-files-in-elementary-os.htm
PPA stand for Personal Package Archive and is additional software you can get(if you trust the source)
Another i tried for tweaks was as follows:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip.scott/elementray-tweaks
sudo apt install elementary-tweaks
it installed fine but could find how to launch it.
Some basic commands
sudo apt update
//you run that to update list of repo, particularly if you added a repo source
sudo apt search <package name>
sudo apt install <package name>
eg Web browser on Elementary is EpiEhinay or some such to get fire fox:
sudo apt install firefox
//tested and it worked
You also have access to snap, for instance it was the only place i could find for skype
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install skype
thats the only one i did not try , not wanting to take up unessessary space
During session one window frooze on me- tip to get rid of it:
type into terminal window "xkill"
move mouse over window you want to get rid of and left click mouse
To save and get screenshots onto usb stick and then use back on slackware i had a problem doing drag and drop due to not being able to open two Windows at a time. I got round it by right click , open in new tab and then dragging tab ont oclear space on desktop.
you might need some codecs for video , i think they rae on ubuntu-restricted-extra.
All in all I found Elementary workable and i have hardly used it, so would recommend it.