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Old 06-23-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Debian 6 install with LXDE but no package manager to install more software


Have recently installed Debian on a pentium4 laptop with 512mb ram. Have used Lubuntu before and thought I'd try debian as I heard good things.

Now installed the software from a disc and managed to download the gnome desktop, so I re installed the software without a gui and then installed LXDE from the command line.

Now the LXDE install is minimal and I wuold like to install extra packages using a package manager as the install is minimal. Have searched the net but not really got an idea what to do. Or what I have done wrong.

Does anyone know what I have done wrong?

Thank you
Old 06-23-2012, 02:21 PM   #2
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Install a Package Manager.

If you don't use sudo, go root, open a Terminal and connected to the Internet issue the command:
apt-get install synaptic
Old 06-23-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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apt-get install packagename
aptitude install packagename

You can also install Synaptic or Software-Center for a GUI.
Old 06-23-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
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A package manager is installed, it's called apt.

$ man apt-get
$ man aptitude
If you want to search for stuff to install

$ aptitude search kernel
Self explanatory...

$ aptitude search ~dbrowser
Searches descriptions for "browser"
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You can also use
apt-cache show <package name>
for more details about the package including a description of it's use.
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or just type 'aptitude' for the ncurses interface (FTW)
Old 07-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #7
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Thank you for you help. Am all new to this as my previous experience has been ubuntu and fedora and using them straight out of the install.


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