Managing Software

A good chunk of your time as a system administrator will be spent managing the various software components (or applications) on the system, whether it’s in keeping them up to date, maintaining what you already have installed, searching for software, or installing new software.

Of the many approaches to managing software on a Linux system, the chosen approach often boils down to the Linux distribution, the administrator’s skill level, and other philosophical (nontechnical) considerations. From a purely technical perspective, software management under the mainstream Linux distros can be done via the following methods:

•   RPM   The Red Hat Package Manager is the common method for Red Hat–like systems such as ...

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