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[News] GNU/Linux Program Installation Moved Beyond OS X and Windows

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Package Management - Avoiding the Two Step

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| See, the beauty is that even though things like apt-get and synaptic make 
| installing programs as easy as double clicking on setup.exe -- the difference 
| is that we have a choice as to whether or not we pick the convenience of 
| package management. It's the freedom to choose that makes Linux and open 
| source so great.    



Get down and dirty with Linux

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| Package managers make getting to grips with Linux easier
| Let me start with a controversial statement: installing new software is 
| almost always easier on Linux than on Windows. On most Linux systems, a 
| package manager takes care of both the installation and removal of software.  


The Thing About Beagle

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| Beagle is a desktop search tool for Gnome. I thought I might give it 
| a go, because sometimes I need to find things. Since I am using KDE I
| also installed Kerry, which is a KDE front end for Beagle. All of this
| can be accomplished in Debian as follows:
| apt-get install kerry
| Phew, that was tricky. I can see why those windows guys find Linux
| sooo difficult. It is waaaaay easier to go to some random website,
| download an installer, pray that it is safe, double-click on the
| installer, click "Yes, I do agree to all of these outrageous license
| terms and I don't mind that it includes spyware, and adware", click
| Next, Next, Next, and finally reboot a couple of times.


Free Agent: How to Compile Free Software Apps

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| Let me start with a controversial statement: Installing
| new software is almost always easier on Linux than on
| Windows or the Mac OS.
| I can already envision the angry e-mail. It'll come from
| the folks who write each month, certain that if they use
| enough capital letters and exclamation points, they'll
| convince me that LINUX SUCKS!!!
| But I'll say it again: Installing new software is, in
| most cases, easier under Linux than under other
| operating systems. I've touched on the simple reason
| why many times in this column. On most Linux systems,
| an app called the package manager takes care of
| software installation and removal.


Flipping the Linux switch: Disturbingly easy installs, now with sound and

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| Last week, we walked through installing Ubuntu Linux.
| It's not a particularly hard process, and Ubuntu is great because it clearly 
| illustrates the basic steps every Linux distribution goes through when it 
| installs on a hard drive. Even if you don't use Ubuntu or a derivative, just 
| looking at the installer screenies gives a nice story arc to a generic Linux 
| install.    


VoIPowering Your Office: Warming Up PBX in a Flash

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| In these here modern times, installing anything Linux-based is as easy as 
| falling over, and so, barely worthy of mention. But PBX in a Flash takes an  
| unusual approach. The usual way to package a Linux-based software appliance 
| is to bundle everything on a single CD—the operating system and all the 
| applications. PBX in a Flash gives you CentOS Linux 5, which is my personal  
| favorite for VoIP servers, because it's rock-solid, stable, and well 
| maintained. Which it should be, as it is a direct clone of Red Hat Enterprise 
| Linux. RHEL, according to the GPL and good manners, makes its source code 
| readily available. The CentOS team take the RHEL source code, remove all the 
| trademarked bits such as branding and artwork, and re-compile it as CentOS. 
| Anyone can do this, so what makes CentOS special?        

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