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Linux package management is brilliant

Oct 04, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Often times when something just works, we tend to take it for granted. I think software package management in Linux is one of those things. It just works. Time and time again I have to help people with packages in Windows, which makes me even more thankful for the solid package management system in Linux. Packages can be installed while software is currently being used, allowing changes to happen when the software is closed and reopened. Packages can also be removed/updated/installed while the user is actively using the computer, with a simple SSH connection to their PC. And, best of all, no rebooting is necessary, unless you are updating the kernel itself, which is pretty rare.

"Remote package installation is very important in corporate environments. For this article, I'll focus on Fedora / Red Hat distributions, however Ubuntu and others have similar package management mechanisms."

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