Debian distributions are based on over 4400 packages. Your task is to
select those you wish to install! This is made easier with
packages which are virtual packages that depend on
a collection of other packages. Selecting one of these
packages results in that collection of other
packages being installed. An example is the task-tex
package that will install the TEX and LATEX packages and related
Task packages are presented to the user on an initial install. As the
name indicates a task package is intended to deliniate a specific task
you might use a computer for, like a web server, an X workstation, or
perhaps an X workstation using Gnome or KDE.
Individual packages can be installed and updated using
wajig as described in Chapter 6.
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