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Old 11-30-2016, 04:20 PM   #1
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Linux Mint 2382 programs v. Debian 57991 programs

Does Debian have a fool-proof GUI for installing programs like Linux Mint does?

According to Distro Watch, Mint 18 only has 2382 available programs, but Debian 8 has 57991. But if it is difficult to install and un-install them, then Debian might as well have none.

Recently moving from WinXP to Mint, I quickly noticed the sparsity of programs and the, sorry to say, lack of choice. Hence my considering moving to Debian.

As a side comment, however I have found a browser that does the essential thing of showing pictures sequentially as they are displayed: DoubleCommander pressing F3 to use its internal viewer (which ought to be the default viewer in my opinion); and which also remembers a list of previously visited directories rather like XYplorer. I have also found that I can run some favourite Windows programs using Wine, so I am not as grumpy as I was.

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Originally Posted by grumpyskeptic View Post
Does Debian have a fool-proof GUI for installing programs like Linux Mint does?
Yes. I dual boot Linux Mint and Debian. I use Synaptic to install programs in both Debian and Linux Mint. Synaptic works flawlessly in both distributions.

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On second thoughts the info from Distrowatch may be misleading as the Software Manager of Linux Mint 17.3, which I am using, says there are 75764 programs available.
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2382 is the number of packages *supplied with the install* (although it will differ slightly based on the flavour installed).

It is not a measure of the number of packages available in the Mint and Ubuntu repos, held in PPAs, and obtainable from third-party sites, which is much higher as you've since found out.


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