Chapter 5. Accessing and Running Applications

CentOS comes with thousands of software applications, covering every major category of desktop, server, and programming software. By accessing some third-party and CentOS- and RHEL-specific software repositories on the Internet, you have access to many more software packages. Often, getting a new software package downloaded and installed is as simple as running a single yum command.

Some of the same tools you use to get and install software packages in CentOS (such as yum and rpm commands) can also be used to manage your installed software and get updates or security patches when they become available. Options in those tools let you query which packages you installed, as well as list and verify the contents of those packages. Likewise, GUI tools such as pirut, pup, and yumex can be used to automatically grab and install new and updated packages as they become available.

Once an application is installed, launching it can be as easy as it is in any friendly desktop system: by clicking on a few menus on the desktop. There are also some neat ways to launch applications from another computer so that you can work with them (securely) ...

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