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Linux's dirty little secret

OK, so over the past few months I've grown from being a Linux skeptic into being quite a Linux fan. I've still got lots to learn but it's great having the ability to roll out a no-cost OS onto systems that don't need to have Windows on them (I understand that not everyone reading this will need Linux, but I do ...). That said, there are a few aspects of Linux that do annoy/frustrate/anger me/make me hulk out* (delete as overall mood dictates), and one of these aspects is so core to an OS that I'm surprised that it hasn't been addressed already.
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OK, so over the past few months I've grown from being a Linux skeptic into being quite a Linux fan. I've still got lots to learn but it's great having the ability to roll out a no-cost OS onto systems that don't need to have Windows on them (I understand that not everyone reading this will need Linux, but I do ...). That said, there are a few aspects of Linux that do annoy/frustrate/anger me/make me hulk out* (delete as overall mood dictates), and one of these aspects is so core to an OS that I'm surprised that it hasn't been addressed already.

Using Add/Remove Applications under Ubuntu is easy!

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Just follow the step-by-step wizard

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7-Zip install in progress

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Nearly done ...

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Done! However, it's still hard to know what's happened and where the app has been installed to

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Installing VMware Tools is a nightmare ...

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Installing VMware Tools is a nightmare ...

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Installing VMware Tools is a nightmare ...

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