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I recently switched from OS X to Ubuntu. When I run the ‘vim file.c’ command at terminal, I see an error message that read as follows:

The program ‘vim’ can be found in the following packages:
* vim
* vim-gnome

* vim-tiny
* vim-athena
* vim-gtk
* vim-nox
Try: apt-get install <selected package>


How do I fix this problem and why vim is not a default text editor on Ubuntu Linux? How can I install full-fledged vim text editor in Ubuntu Linux?

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I am a network admin who recently made the switch from MS-Windows to Ubuntu Linux. I need to use Java and Firefox web browser plugin to run java applet. I am unable to access many devices such as Firewall appliance, LBS/VPX, and network equipments due to Ubuntu’s incompatible openjdk and icedtea plugin. I also searched software center but unable to find Oracle Java 7. How do I install Oracle Java 7 and get rid of this incompatibility problems on Ubuntu Linux amd64 v12.04 LTS or v13.04+?

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I have installed Debian or Ubuntu Linux on Dell Inspiron / Latitude / Precision / Vostro laptop. How do I see the current CPU temperature? How do I control and see fan status on Dell laptop?

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I am unable to find Google Chrome Browser in Ubuntu software center. How do I install Google Chrome in Ubuntu version 12.04 LTS or v13.04 using command line options?

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How do I install wake on lan client under Ubuntu Linux desktop to wakeup Unix or Linux based servers?

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I have a large number of files stored in ~/Downloads/ directory. How do I sort and print sizes in human readable format using du -h command under Ubuntu Linux LTS version 12.04 or any other Linux distributions?

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I have Debian / Ubuntu Linux. I need to compile software written in C. The gcc throwing an error that read as follows:

gnu/stubs-32.h: No such file or directory compilation terminated. make: *** [foo.o] Error 1

How do I fix this problem under Debian or Ubuntu Linux 64 bit system and compile apps using gcc compiler?

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