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Installing New Software On Linux (Debian, Red Hat, Slackware) ((INSTALL))

Debian revolves around a fully blown package management system, comprising several important components. This system not only performs expected tasks such as installing and removing packages, it also automatically handles dependencies. This was a core component of Debian very early on, setting it apart from all other distributions in its time. Debian uses the famous .deb package format as opposed to the plain tarballs of Slackware and RPMs of Red Hat. In many respects, package management is key to Debian. The project has strict guidelines on developing software, and finely tracks packages to ensure a consistent system state over upgrades. The utmost importance is put on ensuring packages are built and work correctly.

Installing new software on Linux (Debian, Red Hat, Slackware)

RPM is a package format used by Red Hat-based derivatives like CentOS, RHEL or Fedora. The name comes from the RPM Package Manager (RPM), a free and open-source package management system for installing, uninstalling, and managing software packages in Linux.

Mandriva does have a stated policy about what can be included in themain system. It's based on Fedora's, which means that it also allowscertain kinds of nonfree firmware to be included. On top of that, itpermits software released under the original Artistic License to beincluded, even though that's a nonfree license.

Ubuntu MX Linux MEPIS Linux was a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution designed for both personal and business purposes. It included (for the time) cutting-edge features such as a live, installation and recovery CD, automatic hardware configuration, NTFS partition resizing, ACPI power management, WiFi support, anti-aliased TrueType fonts, and a personal firewall. Though MEPIS Linux was eventually discontinued, its community continued on and merged technology from MEPIS with the very lightweight, Debian-based antiX distribution. The result is a project called MX Linux. MX Linux is based on Debian's Stable branch and features components developed by the MEPIS and antiX communities. The distribution features the Xfce desktop with a vertical panel layout (instead of the more common horizontal panel). The distribution also features KDE Plasma and a Fluxbox edition. MX Linux is considered a mid-weight distribution that offers many modern applications (which are periodically updated through backports) combined with a stable base. The distribution strives to offer good performance with convenient features. MX Linux is particularly well known for its its collection of graphical administration utilities called MX-Tools. These tools provide easy access to managing user accounts, working with software packages, and installingcodecs. Pros: Out-of-the-box support for graphics drivers, browser plugins and media codecs; stable core with updated desktop applications Cons: Installer and some configuration tools look different and can take time to get used to. Software package management: Advanced Package Tool (APT) Available editions: Xfce, KDE Plasma, or Fluxbox running on 32-bit or 64-bit x86 hardware Suggested alternatives: antiX MX Linux

I started using Mandrake 5.3 Festen, and used Mandrake all the way till Mageia 5, all the while installing and playing with every other distro that looked intersting, From Ark Linux created by Bernhard Rosenkränzer, Corel Linux, Conectiva linux, Mepis, PClinuxOS, Lycoris etc...Now I'm running Ubuntu-Mate for a while, it's amazing how much has changed....

I used free-type software (tex, gnu/emacs, etc) way back in the late 1980s. When gnu/linux came along in the mid 1990s, I naturally and immediately deleted my mid-1990s Windows hard disk and installed linux without absolutely any hesitation. I bought one of the distro's (can't remember which one), but it came with a book in a box. It wasn't easy, but I noticed that it did (and continues to be) become about ten times easier to install with every passing year.

I believe the concept of manual dependency resolution might seem exhausting based on experiences with other distributions where installing software often starts a chain reaction of pulling additional packages.


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