[ubuntu] No system > administrative menu after fresh install

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I have reinstalled Ubuntu at least 12 times, it's no joke! I keep doing stupid things to f#$% up the sytem. One thing I have noticed is the want of a System > Administration > menu. I have looked everywhere. I just saw a post that said go to "System > Administration > "Synaptic Package Manager"" but of course I couldn't. I even tried to perform sudo apt-get install synaptic. What follows was the message I received: webmaster@sv1:~$ sudo apt-get install synaptic [sudo] password for webmaster: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading s (Hardware)