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Get rid of stowaway packages with GNU Stow

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 193.166.94.185] on February 23, 2008 02:25 AM
"the whole 'apt-get' / 'make install' thing is still somewhat of a mystery to me, as it's so different to what I'm familiar with in Windows (you just run an EXE file...)" --- No, you don't "just run an EXE file" in Windows. First, you need to spend a lot of time searching for a website that allows you to download the EXE file (supposing you want to install a freeware/shareware/adware/malware program that you can download free of charge). Then you download it and then you click it to start the installer. Then you have to accept the license and answer many other questions. Often you also need to reboot the computer to finish the installation. And if you want to keep your installed freeware/shareware/adware/malware programs up-to-date, you need to constantly monitor the dozens of websites from where you downloaded the programs in the first place. That's a lot of work. Installing programs with "apt-get install program_name" and upgrading them with "apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade" once a week is much simpler and easier, IMHO.

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