"These scripts join a host of graphical front ends to apt-get
and GUI tools for searching package repositories. However, because
efficient package management is still done at the command line,
they have a relevance that many command lines tools lack today.
Some are simple, some are specific to one distribution (usually
Ubuntu), and you might need to modify them before they suit your
needs. However, all can be surprisingly useful if you believe in
making hands-on decisions about the contents of your system instead
of relying on the update applet in your notification tray. Here are
three excellent examples."