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Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition by Rickford Grant

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Project 5B: Installing Applications via Synaptic

As I mentioned, Ubuntu comes with a number of graphical front ends for APT. We have already covered the simple, though arguably more attractive, GNOME App Install; and now we will discuss the main application handling workhorse, Synaptic.

To get a look at Synaptic, go to the System menu, and select Administration ► Synaptic Package Manager (or just use the launcher you added to the Drawer on the Panel in Chapter 3). Like GNOME App Install, Synaptic installs things in your system in areas that are write protected. Unlike GNOME App Install, however, you will be prompted for your password in a separate window before Synaptic actually appears, rather than after you've made your software selections. Type ...

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