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most distros have some kind ov package management...
redhat has .rpm files, debian has .deb packages..
but lemme tell ya about slackware...
slackware has an excellent package tool called.. well..
with this you can install/uninstall/view any packages (including kernel upgrades - WITH NO COMPILING NECESSARY)
it rocks.. its easy.. and it runs from terminal.. very very intuitive.. you can convert any .rpm file to a .tgz with .. well..
For Debian and RPM based distros, you can manage packages with apt/synaptic. Fedora, Yellow Dog and other Fedora based distros also have yum/gyum, mandrake has urpmi/rpmdrake. other distros have various gui's or text based applications.
Appreciate the help, now it's off to the hcl to see what peripheral equipment is better compatible with linux. Had to trick my Lexmark X63 to get it to even print with the Z22 driver and still cannot use the scan or fax function on my system though either. Oh well probably due for a change anyway.