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Linux software installation myths

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| To quote Ian Murdock, co-founder of the Debian Linux distribution and now
| Sun's vice-president for Developer and Community Marketing, "What's the
| single biggest advancement Linux has brought to the industry? It's an
| interesting question, and one that in my opinion has a very simple answer:
| Package management-or, more specifically, the ability to install and upgrade
| software over the network in a seamlessly integrated fashion-along with the
| distributed development model package management enabled." I completely
| agree.
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/linux...allation_myths

Most people don't require installing something which is not in the
repositories.


Recent:

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!
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http://www.brajeshwar.com/2008/softw...tion-on-linux/


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.
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http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/...iding-two-step


Related:

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. Â*
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http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=10970


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.
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http://benhay.blogspot.com/2006/11/t...ut-beagle.html


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.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,12...x/article.html


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

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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. Â* Â*
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http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/03...alls-now-with/


VoIPowering Your Office: Warming Up PBX in a Flash

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| In these here modern times, installing anything Linux-based is as easy as
| falling over, and so, barely worthy of mention. But PBX in a Flash takes an
| unusual approach. The usual way to package a Linux-based software appliance
| is to bundle everything on a single CD—the operating system and all the
| applications. PBX in a Flash gives you CentOS Linux 5, which is my personal
| favorite for VoIP servers, because it's rock-solid, stable, and well
| maintained. Which it should be, as it is a direct clone of Red Hat Enterprise
| Linux. RHEL, according to the GPL and good manners, makes its source code
| readily available. The CentOS team take the RHEL source code, remove all the
| trademarked bits such as branding and artwork, and re-compile it as CentOS.
| Anyone can do this, so what makes CentOS special?
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http://www.voipplanet.com/background...le.php/3714226
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