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Learn Linux | Understanding Debian Based Package Management Tools

Posted on May 31, 2012 by Anthony James Founder/CEOAnthony James Founder/CEO

Debian based distributions come with several tools that make managing packages extremely easy. Years ago, for distributions such as Slackware Linux, the common practice was to install programs from source code using source files. This is still an acceptable and often required way of installing Linux packages if you need to run custom options when compiling the source, or if the source package isn’t available in an apt-get source. However, thanks to Debian (Redhat based distributions use YUM) there is a much simpler way of installing common packages on Linux. It’s basically a command line app store (there are GUI tools for it too) but it’s all free. This screencast is the first lesson as part of the “Debian Based Package Management” course from


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