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4:19 pm on Dec 10, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I installed Ubuntu the other day after downloading a 650 MB plus file. When I tried installing the software for my internet connection, it said the QT3 library was required for it. Apparently this wasn't part of the Ubuntu installation. As I don't have an internet connection, how do I install QT3 or QT4? I tried putting the 200 MB QT4 program in /usr/local/bin and running it from the terminal using a sudo command but that didn't work.

Is there any simple way to install linux, get internet working and also have Apache, PHP and MySQL on it? Is there some way to install it all at once from a single setup file? Is Fedora any simpler? Thanks.


9:24 pm on Dec 10, 2011 (gmt 0)


5:53 pm on Dec 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks. I'll try this.


6:19 am on Jan 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am late to this thread, but I think this is potentially misleading, so I am commenting for the benefit of anyone who reads this thread in the future.

Have you checked that you need to install the software for your connection to work? What sort of connection is it.

A standard Ubuntu (or any other Linux) install will have everything it needs for the vast majority of internet connections to work out of the box. LAN (including ADSL and cable modems etc. with an ethernet port), Wi-Fi, and mobile broadband have all worked for me out of the box (although I did need to install software to send SMS messages though the mobile connection).

The only thing I can think of which may be problematic is something like a USB ADSL modem or similar that requires a proprietary driver. Solutions depend on the model. In any case a driver should not require QT!

Once you have Ubuntu installed, you can install Apache, PHP and MySQL very simply from the Software Centre. If you do not mind using the command line, you can do it in two lines: [help.ubuntu.com ]


5:11 am on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

I am guessing the OP went over to Mint. I am new to this forum, but thought I would make this comment for the benefit of whoever. I hope as a new member I am not speaking too soon:

At least in the case of Ubuntu (if not all distros), one needs to start the installation with an Ethernet connection to your router or device in order to access the Internet. THEN, you can obtain the drivers etc you need for your WIFI access. Once all the WIFI requirements are met, then you can abandon the Ethernet wired connection.

Ubuntu (at least) does not autodetect your Wifi adapter, so you need 'Net access (via Ethernet cable) to obtain the appropriate packages for your adapter. They are usually found via Synaptics Package Manager or you can go to a support forum for help in obtaining the right packages. The point is you must have access to the 'NET and that is done (initially) via Ethernet cable.


7:41 am on Jan 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi WacoJohn, welcome to Webmaster World.

You are mistaken about that regarding current versions of Ubuntu for most Wifi chipsets. I think it used to be the case that you needed to install Wi-Fi drivers, butt not any more.

Drivers are part of the default install and wifi even works off the liveCD or USB storage, as does mobile broadband.

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric in my netbook using wi-fi with no problems - I do not think my netbook has ever been connected to ethernet.

I have used Mandriva and Mint in the past and they did much the same in recent versions.

It is true that it is safer to have a wired connection available because it always works, whereas you might have a driver issue with wi-fi, USB modems etc.


2:49 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I didn't revisit this thread because my problem was solved. I installed Fedora and everything worked well. It was very easy to install. It detected the internet modem automatically.


11:35 am on Feb 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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In that case it is a probably a bug that Ubuntu did not detect it automatically.

Glad it worked for you anyway.


3:14 pm on Feb 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

I hope as a new member I am not speaking too soon:

Thank you for the welcome .. and I have no doubt you are correct re: WIFI detection w/ Ubuntu.

My first install was 8.04 .. and it did not autodetect .. so I assumed none of them did. My bad. I have always started out Ethernet connected since then.

Thank you again for the welcome and enlightenment.

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