First off, I'm new to Linux. I'm running Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy), and I have been installing a fair amount of new programs lately. I installed Skype about one week ago and it worked for me perfectly for five days or so... (I think my last successful connection was two days ago.) Now, when I open the program it starts to connect but then turns gray and darkens to indicate that it's 'not responding' (which I've seen with Firefox lately also, usually when connecting to a site with flash). Well, I think the only major difference between my computer now, and my computer two days ago is that I installed Firestarter to give me firewall protection within that time. Could there be a possible conflict between Skype and Firestarter? Has anybody else experienced this kind of thing with Skype on Ubuntu Linux?
Also, as indicated in the title, what should I do about programs that are 'not responding'? With Windows, when programs were not responding, I either waited a few minutes to see if it would start running again or I would force it to quit, which I tended to do more often. Now, with Linux, I have yet to see a 'not responding' program come back to life, no matter how long I wait, and so I've generally resorted using the system monitor to end processes of applications that are 'not responding'. Any advice?
I'm worried that I have made some errors in judgment about which programs to install and that there is a conflict between them. (Not just with Skype and Firestarter, there are others too; for example, I installed both the Flash plugin and Gnash for Firefox and had problems with flash sites until I uninstalled Gnash. Even now though, as mentioned before, sometimes Firefox darkens when I try to load a site with flash...not always, just every once in a while.)
I'm very happy with Linux, despite my recent frustrations. I think I just need to learn more. I read the 7.10 documentation and the community docs at the Ubuntu website, but some of what is written there doesn't match what I've got in front of me on my system. So it's confusing at times. Also, I haven't learned to bash properly yet, so sometimes I kinda feel like this guy:
Not going back to Microsoft though.
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