LinuxNewbie.org: Apt NHFJan 03, 2001, 17:08 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evil Jeff)
[ Thanks to Sensei for this link. ]
"One of the reasons that Debian is such a cool and intuitive distribution is because of it's packaging system (*.deb). The installation uses a program called apt to download and install programs from cds, nfs, ftp, or http. Because of this, you can install an entirely current system from an old installation cd. The most remarkable thing about apt, however, is that it checks and maintains dependencies for you, so you do not need to go around hunting for libraries that you need before installing your favorite programs. Once you select a program to install, apt will check to see what other software is needed for it to work and then offer you the option of downloading and installing what else is required as well. This NHF should work for Debian, Stormix, Corel, and Libranet (I think)."
"Apt is also used to install new programs and keep your installation up to date with the latest software releases, as well as to upgrade to the next distribution of Debian. There are several front ends to apt, such as aptitude, console-apt, and dselect. In this NHF, I will discuss the basics of how to configure and use apt to upgrade your system, install new software, and upgrade your distribution, using the basic command line form of the program."