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Install essential files for the web

There are some essential files that you can't live without and sometimes they are included in the linux distro, but not all of them. You might have some, all, or none. What are they?

  • Adobe Reader: This enables you to display and print .pdf files. These are widely used for distributing documents on the internet and everything from help files to books are available in .pdf format.
  • Flash Player: Flash is used to create animations, video, adverts, banners, and even whole websites. Flash Player is an importand helper application for web browsers to enable them to display web pages properly.
  • Adobe AIR: AIR is a cross-platform runtime environment that enables you to run web applications outside of the browser. Basically there's a class of handy applications based on Adobe AIR, so it's useful to have.
  • Java: Java is a programming language that can be used to create desktop applications and small applets that run in the web browser window. There are some useful Java programs, so it's worth installing.

To get these essential applications you can click the links above and install them yourself following the download links and instructions you will find there. However, before doing this you should check to see if any of them are in your package manager. Ubuntu, for example, has Java and Flash player in the Synaptic Package Manager and it's easier and more reliable to install them this way.

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