You Got a Package

In this chapter, you will learn how to manage software applications on your Linux system. You will learn how to use the Debian package manager to download, install, remove, search, and update software packages.

What is a package?

In Linux, a package is a compressed archive file that contains all the necessary files for a particular software application to run. For example, a web browser like Firefox comes in a package that has all the files needed for Firefox to run.

The role of a package manager

Package managers are programs that we use in Linux to manage packages; that is, to download, install, remove, search, and update packages. Keep in mind that different Linux distributions have different package managers. For example, ...

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