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Installing software

To search for and install software using a comfortable gui, use


To install software from the repositories in the command line, use

apt-get install mysql-server

This installs mysql-server. To install debian software packages from your harddisk, use dpkg. To search for software using the command line:

apt-cache search mysql-server

Searches for mysql-server in the repositories.

taboo a package

echo package hold | dpkg --set-selections

convert rpm to deb

alien --to-deb 123.rpm