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A Practical Guide to Fedora™ and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fifth Edition by Mark G. Sobell

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13. Downloading and Installing Software

A software package is the collection of scripts, programs, files, and directories required to run a software application, including utilities and system software. Using packages makes it easier to transfer, install, and uninstall applications. A package contains either executable files or source code files. Executable files are precompiled for a specific processor architecture and operating system, whereas source files need to be compiled but will run on a wide range of machines ...

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