Beyond Synaptic–Using apt for Better Package Management

“I’ll start with a brief history lesson. The ‘Advanced packaging
tool’ was introduced in 1998 and first included in a Debian release
(2.1 or slink) in 1999. There is no single apt application to speak
of, instead it’s a series of tools and functions originally
designed as a front-end to dpkg–the software at the heart of
Debian’s package management (it now also support RPM backends).
There are several front-ends to apt itself including: Synaptic,
aptitude and Adept but I want to look specifically at the base
command-line tools–not that there’s anything wrong with the

“One of the advantages of apt is the repository management. Like
most packaging systems, apt uses its repositories to find and
retrieve packages…”

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