A common problem in UNIX based systems is managing software which may include upgrading, installing, and removing of specific software or entire lists of various software. Software management has come a long way in Linux to the point where it is comparable and improving greatly over it’s windows counterparts. Very many popular distributions like Redhat Linux and Debian Linux based distributions use both different package types but a practical solution. Managing software has never been so easy before on the new modern Linux distributions.
The screen shot below shows the simplicity one can manage software on a Redhat Linux based distribution. You can search for and install any software with a few quick clicks for any usage and need you so require. You can also see how you can easily search and install updates to your system within minutes often without the requirement to restart your system. As you can observe from the above screen shot there is a great selection of applications for just about everything and everyone.
This is an example of the software management system on a Debian Linux based system in the screen shot above. As you can tell it looks a little different, however, all the functionality is the same. As with a Redhat Linux based distribution you can do the same like searching and installing software with a few mouse clicks.
The differences between two such software management systems are many internally but overall they serve the same purposes. You can, almost identical to both of them, install software from the command line by typing “yum install <package>” on Redhat linux oppose to Debian Linux which is “apt-get install <package>”. Upgrades are very similar with replacing the “install” directive with “upgrade”. As you can see using both systems is very similar for basic tasks an end user of both distributions can pick up how to manage in minutes.
In conclusion software management on Linux is a very efficient and effective system. Both major distributions support the same common features and functionality on many levels. You can install practically any free open source application in minutes from database servers to a simple game of reverse . Learning how to use, as pointed out by above, can be picked up in a few minutes and is rather powerful due to the ability to install any type of software for any requirement in a few easy mouse clicks.