Yes you can run aptitude from the command line interface by just typing in aptitude. There is also another GUI program called synaptic you might check out. In any case you ought to read this:
That will give you an idea of what apt-get does. Personally I prefer using apt-get. Aptitude and synaptic are based on APT, and APT is in turn based on more basic package managers.
Michapma, WOW I did a search but I guess I didn't search hard enough. Thanks for the link! It looks like I have some reading to do. It might take me awhile to wade through it but it looks like you spelled it all out. Thanks!
Heh, I didn't write that. I learned on that.
Since you used OS X to boot and then overwrite, you should seriously consider getting a tool to boot your system in the event that it at some point becomes unusable. A perfect example would be a live CD. If you don't have a CD burner yourself, you can order one cheap for example from the Knoppix site or for absolutely free (not even shipping) from Ubuntu (www.ubuntulinux.org)
. You don't have to install live CDs to run them, they run from system memory and the CD.
The local computer shop was all happy when I asked for a linux CD but shyed away when I told them it was for a apple machine. They told me it wouldn't work. I should take my working woody debian to show them. lol
*Definitely.* And tell them that it's even an outdated version.
Come over to the Debian forums and you'll definitely get help on how to update your system to Sarge, it's the next stable version of Debian after Woody (since June of this year). You won't have to reinstall, APT gets you around that. APT rocks, it's why I'm on Debian.