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The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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Q: How to apt-get the easy way (Synaptic)?

  1. Read General Notes
  2. System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
  3. Synaptic Package Manager
    1. To refresh the list of known packages (equivalent to apt-get update)
      Edit Menu -> Reload Package Information
    2. To install all possible upgrades (equivalent to apt-get upgrade)
      Edit Menu -> Mark All Upgrades... -> Default Upgrade
      Edit Menu -> Apply Marked Changes
    3. To search for a package (equivalent to apt-cache search package_name)
      Edit Menu -> Search... Specify the package name
    4. To install the selected package (equivalent to apt-get install package_name)
      Select "package_name"
      
      Package Menu -> Mark for Installation
      Edit Menu -> Apply Marked Changes
    5. To remove installed package (equivalent to apt-get remove package_name)
      Select "package_name"
      
      Package Menu -> Mark for Removal
      Edit Menu -> Apply Marked Changes
The Unofficial Ubuntu Starter Guide
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