SEARCHING SOFTWARE ( all distro's )
Last time I wrote about searching software packages for Mandrake, today
we do a general round-up.
for software is relatively easy in Linux because there are a few places
that act like huge warehouses where all the packages can be found.
Most important resource is Freshmeat
as they have a search engine on their site that will find you any
package you like, be it in tarball, .rpm, or .deb format.
is universal for all Linux distro´s ( but there is a difference
the .tar.gz format and the .tgz one that is special for Slackware and
VectorLinux ) Sourceforge
is a good place to look.
Also the ftp sites from the specific distros have plenty of extra
is ¨RedHat Package Management¨ was originally developed for
today also used for Mandrake and SuSE ( most of the time there is a
difference between RPMs for Mandrake or RedHat so see to it that you
get the right one ) A special search engine for RPMs is: RPMfind.net
As .deb are Debian specific packages, you get them though apt-get at
but also on sourceforge and freshmeat.
An enormous resource for all thats related to music and sound is the
you should really go and have a look there, it´s amazing what
get from that site. ( no ZZ Top MP3s though, actually no music files at
all, but everything to make them. )
If you are looking for a package and the Freshmeat search engine
can´t find it because you do not know the name of it . . . try google/linux
after trying all this, you still do not find the software you´re
. . . . just post a topic on the All Things Linux Forum and we´ll
everybody searching for you !
-- Jul 22 2003 ( Revised Dec 11 2005 ) --