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LinuxToday.com.au: Philosophising Debian GNU/Linux

Nov 10, 2000, 09:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by hawkeyes)

[ Thanks to renai43 for this link. ]

"In this article I will try and bring to your attention one simple Debian tool 'apt', which, I believe, reveals the general Debian attitude towards their distribution, and the integration of the Internet into that distribution...."

"Debian packages are called, appropriately enough, deb's, and the emphasis is very much upon building a stable distribution with easy net access to a wide range of software. For example, when I first installed Debian, I found I had a need for elementary web browsing, and so I downloaded Netscape Communicator. The total summary of commands I used to download and install Netscape was "apt-get install communicator". With this one command, I have told Debian to look in the '/etc/apt/sources.list' for the nearest potato mirror, and download Netscape Communicator and all the packages which it is dependant upon...."

"Unbelieveably, even upgrading your distribution is as simple as a two line command. To upgrade from Debian 2.1 to 2.2, the procedure is to update your /etc/apt/sources.list to reflect potato instead of 'slink' sources, from the same mirror, and then type two commands - apt-get update, and apt-get dist-upgrade. Sound simple? It sure is. Red Hat 7 users must be kicking themselves as they consider the thorny upgrade path from Red Hat 6.2."

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