|One of the advantages
Debian Linux carries is the apt-get
application. But there are literally thousands of packages or
programs that users can download with apt-get. How does one
the program they need or want? What if one does not want to
the command line to get programs? Well, Synaptic is a cross
desktop utility for Debian that allows a GUI interface to download from
apt-get. While Synaptic used to be in MEPIS, recent releases
seen the programs disappearance from MEPIS. No big surprise
Kpackage does the same thing under KDE. Not everybody uses
though. So lets get started on Synaptic.
1: To get started, lets open up Konsole. It is currently under Most used Applications
2: Once Konsole loads, type su
3: Type in the root password
4: Now type in apt-get update
5: Updating apt-get makes sure we get the most recent revision of synaptic.
6: Now type apt-get install synaptic
7: Apt-Get will ask if we want to continue. Type Y for yes.
8: When apt-get finishes, close Konsole
9: Now, open up Konsole again.
10: Now, back in user mode, type update-menus
11: Now close Konsole.
12: Now to find Synaptic. It currently is up in Applications, under Browse all.
13: Go over to Apps and move down to System
14: Now all of the system apps should be visible.
15: Click on Synaptic Package Manager
16: Synaptic will ask root mode before even opening. Type in the root password
17: And Synaptic is loaded.
18: Now to make Synaptic easier to get to. Right click on the K-menu
19: Choose Menu Editor
20: And there is our menu editor for K-Menu.
21: Hit the + sign next to Applications, then Browse All, then System
22: Find Synaptic Package Manager and copy
23: Now continue down the page until you locate system.
25: Oops... look like I went a little heavy on the pasting.
26: Once the Synaptic Package Manger is in the System Menu, close. K-Menu will prompt to Save.
27: Now Synaptic should be seen in the K-menu under System
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