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Installing applications in Linux (part II)

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| It really is that easy and not at all scary!



Installing applications on Linux

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| Windows users are quite used to putting in a CD and clicking on whatever
| comes up. Alternatively, you can download an exe or msi file from a website
| and install that. So, how do you install applications in Linux?
| When you install Linux on your PC or laptop, it usually has some preloaded
| applications. Ubuntu comes with OpenOffice, a PDF reader, some basic games,
| some audio and video players and other things. It is pretty complete as it
| is, but I have been using Linux for a while and have my own favourite
| applications for doing things.


Software installation woes on Linux

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| While we gracefully installed our favorite Linux distro, one of the mundane
| problems which most users face is - installing a new software. In the
| beginning, software installation on a Linux distro can seem extremely
| intimidating while using a terminal but more often than not we can install
| things graphically. Installing software on Linux is not only easier than most
| of us think, but it also has some special features which help software’s to
| be updated automatically!


Package Management - Avoiding the Two Step

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| See, the beauty is that even though things like apt-get and synaptic make
| installing programs as easy as double clicking on setup.exe -- the difference
| is that we have a choice as to whether or not we pick the convenience of
| package management. It's the freedom to choose that makes Linux and open
| source so great.



Get down and dirty with Linux

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| Package managers make getting to grips with Linux easier
| Let me start with a controversial statement: installing new software is
| almost always easier on Linux than on Windows. On most Linux systems, a
| package manager takes care of both the installation and removal of software. ¬*


The Thing About Beagle

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| Beagle is a desktop search tool for Gnome. I thought I might give it
| a go, because sometimes I need to find things. Since I am using KDE I
| also installed Kerry, which is a KDE front end for Beagle. All of this
| can be accomplished in Debian as follows:
| apt-get install kerry
| Phew, that was tricky. I can see why those windows guys find Linux
| sooo difficult. It is waaaaay easier to go to some random website,
| download an installer, pray that it is safe, double-click on the
| installer, click "Yes, I do agree to all of these outrageous license
| terms and I don't mind that it includes spyware, and adware", click
| Next, Next, Next, and finally reboot a couple of times.


Free Agent: How to Compile Free Software Apps

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| Let me start with a controversial statement: Installing
| new software is almost always easier on Linux than on
| Windows or the Mac OS.
| I can already envision the angry e-mail. It'll come from
| the folks who write each month, certain that if they use
| enough capital letters and exclamation points, they'll
| convince me that LINUX SUCKS!!!
| But I'll say it again: Installing new software is, in
| most cases, easier under Linux than under other
| operating systems. I've touched on the simple reason
| why many times in this column. On most Linux systems,
| an app called the package manager takes care of
| software installation and removal.


Flipping the Linux switch: Disturbingly easy installs, now with sound and

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| Last week, we walked through installing Ubuntu Linux.
| It's not a particularly hard process, and Ubuntu is great because it clearly
| illustrates the basic steps every Linux distribution goes through when it
| installs on a hard drive. Even if you don't use Ubuntu or a derivative, just
| looking at the installer screenies gives a nice story arc to a generic Linux
| install. ¬* ¬*

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