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The SprezzOS Rewrite Of Debian’s APT Continues

One of the more peculiar Linux distributions to emerge recently has been SprezzOS, which debuted with claims of being the most robust, performant, and beautiful Linux. When it launched it didn’t generate much attention, but recently the SprezzOS developers began rewriting Debian’s APT software.

20 Things to Learn About APT With the Free Chapter of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook

We just released a sample chapter of the Debian Administrator’s Handbook. It covers the APT family of tools: apt-get, aptitude, synaptic, update-manager, etc.

Upgrade In-Place was Availble Long Before Apple Lion

More recently, upgrading any GNU/Linux distribution without a DVD and from a live system is the norm and I wouldn’t expect less. After all, isn’t Apple’s App Store an imitation of Debian’s APT repository or Fedora’s RPM package archives?

Get to Know Debian Goodies

The debian-goodies package is a set of utilities that work with Debian packages and provide more information than you can (easily) get out of dpkg or the standard (Advanced Package Tool) APT utilities. Let’s take a look at some of the most useful utilities, starting with my favorite — checkrestart.

How to Reconfigure Installed Debian Packages

If you have a dedicated server that runs Debian GNU/Linux or a derivative distribution, such as Ubuntu Server Edition, you should be familiar with apt-get. This is the command you normally use to install, uninstall, and update software packages.

People behind Debian: David Kalnischkies, an APT developer

I interviewed David Kalnischkies who is not (yet) a Debian developer. But he’s contributing to one of the most important software within Debian—the APT package manager—since 2009. You can already see him in many places in Debian sharing his APT knowledge when needed.

Collection of 18 Popular APT & DPKG Tips for Debian and Ubuntu

This is a guide containing the most popular and useful ways of using the APT and DPKG commands, and it applies to both Ubuntu and Debian (and their derivatives). I mentioned where super user privileges are required, the ones without a mention can be executed as normal user.

Learn Linux, 101: Debian package management

Learn how to install, upgrade, and manage packages on your Linux® system. This article focuses on the Advanced Packaging Tool, or APT, which is the package management system used by Debian and distributions derived from Debian, such as Ubuntu.

Creating Dummy Packages On Debian

Apt is a great tool as long as you aren’t building packages from source (and not making debs out of them). I have packaged a whole bunch of debs, but sometimes it just isn’t necessary.

Debian Linux apt-get package management cheat sheet

Both Debian and Ubuntu Linux provides a number of package management tools. This article summaries package management command along with it usage and examples for you.

A Debian Package Primer: Part One

If you use a Debian-based Linux distribution and you aren’t familiar with the apt-get packaging system, you’re apt to fall in love with it.

Configuring the Software Environment – Debian (Ubuntu) Systems

Debian systems use the dpkg system to manage the software installed on the host. Wrapped around dpkg is another suite of tools called the Advanced Packing Tool (APT) that you can use to download packages from a central repository.

install specific version of debian package with apt

Let’s say you have multiple version of a package that are available and you want to install a specific one.

5 Simple APT Tips for Debian and Ubuntu

Several months ago I created an article with 5 APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) tips for both Debian and Ubuntu available here. APT is the package manager in Debian and Debian-based distributions, like Ubuntu. Here’s part two of that article, with 5 more tips and tricks for APT.

Aptitude vs apt-get memory usage on Debian

If you are administering small-memory VPS servers it’s very easy to exceed all available memory. Typical memory hogs (apache mpm-prefork, rsyslogd) could be easily replaced by alternatives.

Local Debian Repository

The below steps are to set up a local Debian repository which would be available through APT with the following lines in /etc/apt/sources.list:….

Debian Package Management

This is a concise tutorial on Debian package management. This tutorial is also applicable for Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other derivatives of Debian.

APT-build — optimize your Debian!

Certainly most of the Linux users would like to have their systems fully optimized for their rigs but do not have the stamina or enough knowledge to play with the Gentoo installation paradigm.

5 Simple APT Tips for Debian and Ubuntu, Part II

Several months ago I created an article with 5 APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) tips for both Debian and Ubuntu available here. APT is the package manager in Debian and Debian-based distributions, like Ubuntu. Here’s part two of that article, with 5 more tips and tricks for APT.

Apt-p2p for peer-to-peer Debian package downloads

Apt-p2p gives you the ability to download Debian packages via a peer-to-peer protocol. Apt-p2p will try to get the packages from peers before it resorts to pulling them from the repository.

Having Yum for Breakfast

In this wide world of Linux, there are primarily just two package management systems which reign: RPM and Deb. Most binary distributions use one or the other and there has long been tension between the two. So which system performs better?

New Debian apt keys

A check for this missing key tells us it is for Lenny/5.0 sources which have been introduced to the Debian Archive and all new packages are being signed with this new key.

Debian apt-get missing keys

Lately, my Debian servers have been bugging me with stuff like this everytime I tried to apt-get update: “W: There are no public key available for the following key IDs:”

Linux Debian Lenny and apt-cacher

Debian has a Blue Background, and ubuntu has a color that i don’t know the name of, Besides, Hardy shipped with XEN not functional on my 64Bit and i had to wait for a long time to have it fixed, Lenny here i am.

Adding Repositories to Synaptic

If you use a Debian-based Linux distribution then you probably use Synaptic. And if you use Synaptic enough you may have come across an application that it can not find.

Things You Need To Know To Become An Apt Guru

Also known as the Advanced Package Tool, APT was first introduced in Debian 2.1 in 1999. APT is not so much a specific program as it is a collection of separate, related packages.

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