Libranet: Installing Software the Easy Way

by Jon Biddell

One of the guys I work with saw me running Libranet on my workstation the other day and said “I bet you need an Engineering Degree to install software on that sucker

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I have been using synaptic with Mepis and have found it much easier to use than Yast (Suse). My only questionn would be how to FIND repositories to update the repository list.

mouse (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 05:36.

Synaptic. It really is that easy.

I've been using Debian and Ubuntu which is based in Debian and they both use Synpatic.

It's a brilliant way of downloading software, installing and configuring at the same time. If you think installing software in Windows is easy then Synpatic or the command line version apt-get install (program name) is wonderfully easy, even easier.

Have ago, what have you got to lose.
Linux has most programs that do the same as Window programs.

Because of the ease of installing software I must be using Linux about 95% of the time now, I use Windows if I need to watch a wmv file.

Ian (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 04:32.

wmv in linux

what do u mean u use windows if you wanna watch wmv...doesnt mplayer play wmv...and am sure vlc player for linux plays wmv too.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2020-06-24 15:36.

"Because of the ease of insta

"Because of the ease of installing software I must be using Linux about 95% of the time now, I use Windows if I need to watch a wmv file."

You don't need to use Windows just to watch .wmv files. You can use Mplayer with the w32codecs package (sudo apt-get install mplayer w32codecs). These are binary codecs, but is better than have to install/use Windows just for this.
You can find them (for Ubuntu) in, in the Hoary-extras section. Put this line in your sources.list:
"deb hoary-extras main universe multiverse restricted"

afgdias (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 09:01.

I am brand new running SuSE

Just started going through tutorials etc, so go easy...
Can I use this on my distro? SuSE 9.2? (If it's already part of my package I wouldn't know at this point in my transition to Linux). How, where would I get it and install it. This would be my 1st installation of anything after installing the distro. Thanks.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2021-02-19 15:51.

Suse is a rpm based distro. I

Suse is a rpm based distro. In Suse you would use YOU (Yast OnlineUpdate). It does the same thing that Synaptic does but it is used for SuSE. You can download software there.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-03-25 14:37.

Where would I get Synaptic, a

Where would I get Synaptic, and does it support a game called scrapland????

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-01-07 13:33.

Getting Synaptic

If you are running Debian, apt-get synaptic should do the trick.

Menachem (not verified) - M - , 2021-01-10 13:26.

Where would I get Synaptic

If you take a look at the Freesmeat project page,, you can download Synaptic from there. Providing your distro uses the command line tool "apt" for package management, which I think all Debian-based distros do, Synaptic should work fine.

As for the game you mentioned (scrapland), I must admit I've not heard of it, but if it's available as a *.deb package you *should* be able to get Synaptic to work with it. You'll have to find out the URL of the package repository and insert that into Synaptic's package repository listfor that to happen.

I'll be covering repositories and customising them in a future article.


J - Biddell (not verified) - Fri, 2021-01-07 19:30.

So does "apt-get install syna

So does "apt-get install synaptic" work on Fedora Core 3 as well?


arctos (not verified) - Thu, 2021-02-17 05:30.

Synaptic for RPM's

I used to use synaptic on Mandrake, which is an RPM distro. I first had to install apt4rpm THEN Synaptic. Works the same way, only with RPMs. So yes, you CAN use Synaptic on RPM-based distros. It just takes an extra step or two. :)

Motley Foo (not verified) - Tue, 2021-04-05 15:41.

Synaptic for Mandrake

Could someone give some detailed instructions on how to install and use Synaptic in Mandrake? Sorry for the naive question but I am a new linux user and I need all the help I can get...

drbzik (not verified) - Fri, 2021-04-15 14:24.

Mandrake uses a program calle

Mandrake uses a program called


instead of dpkg (the backend to apt-get, which is the backend to synaptic).

However, the good folks over at PCLINUXONLINE have developed a distro called PCLOS which is based on Mandrake and yet uses the Synaptic front end... so you *should* be able to:

1) open a terminal
2) become superuser (login as root by typing "su" and your root password)
3) install apt4rpm
4) install synaptic
5) gather mandrake specific repositories, and use them with synaptic

I'd be *very* surprised if someone over at PCLinuxOnline hasn't already written up a howto on this very subject.

But the Mandrake program that you're wanting to get to know is

Hope that helps. I haven't been a Mandrake user for a long long time...

PastorEd (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 09:40.

Fedora Core 3 is another rpm

Fedora Core 3 is another rpm based distro. It uses yum or up2date to get its update for software and security fixes.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2021-03-25 14:42.

Please check some relevant p

Please check some relevant pages in the field of- Tons of interesdting stuff!!!

An - ymous - Wed, 2020-06-15 10:31.


in a shell console:

(get root)

apt-get install synaptic

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2021-01-16 23:05.

I don't know if this is the g

I don't know if this is the game you're referring to ( but this is NOT avaliable in the Debian repositories as it is for 1, a Windows game, and 2 a game you must pay for. The Debian repositores do not hold warezed software, only software avaliable freely and some others (non free).

As far as getting synaptic, the person above left part of the command out, it should actually be "apt-get install synaptic" and that too after you're logged in as root "su" or you can just try "sudo apt-get install synaptic"

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2021-01-11 09:24.

Scrapland and Linux

Yes, you are quite correct - that person did post the incorrect command.

As for Scrapland, as I said I wasn't aware of the game or whether or not it was commercial or not.


J - Biddell (not verified) - Wed, 2021-01-12 20:39.

thank you for being beginner friendly !

oh you lttle quibblers ;) !

(get root) and
apt-get whatever

is so damned incorrect !


greetings from germany !

An - ymous (not verified) - Tue, 2020-06-21 07:06.