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gdebi missing in Linux Mint Debian

Postby Kazmirzak on Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:13 pm

Hi,

As far as I got with my testing, LMDE installs without problems and almost everything works as expected. But there's a serious flaw in Linux Mint Debian: the package gdebi is missing and no replacement for it is there, so when someone downloads a deb, for example from skype.com, he will get the Archive Manager when double clicking on it - a pretty useless program for installing a .deb file.

Lucky enough gdebi is in the repos and works like a charm. So I can't really understand why it is not in the standard installation. Maybe it was simply forgotten? Its absence can be a real show stopper if you don't know about it.

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Re: gdebi missing in Linux Mint Debian

Postby richyrich on Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:22 pm

This has been noted before in this same forum

From Clem:

Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) comes with a Debian base, which we transformed into a live media and on top of which we added a new installer. It’s rougher and in some aspects not as user-friendly as our other editions, it’s very young but it will improve continuously and rapidly, and it brings us one step closer to a situation where we’re fully in control of the system without being impacted by upstream decisions.


http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=1527

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Re: gdebi missing in Linux Mint Debian

Postby Kazmirzak on Fri Oct 08, 2010 8:47 pm

Hi richyrich,

sorry didn't know it has been mentioned before. Now, at least, it has an own forum tread and possibly attracts some attention ;-)

I know that there's still a LOT of hard work to do... But as far as I am able to judge on this, it is a minor fix for the dev team that is probably done within a couple of minutes, so there is a chance they could work on this very quickly and for the next iso (if one is planned soon which I don't know)
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Re: gdebi missing in Linux Mint Debian

Postby richyrich on Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:08 pm

They mention in the blog, and a few other places in the forums that they are concentrating on Mint 10 right now. Once Julia is released, I predict a completely reworked iso from them . . . stay tuned in the new year ! :mrgreen:
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Re: gdebi missing in Linux Mint Debian

Postby craigevil on Fri Oct 08, 2010 9:11 pm

dpkg -i packagename

gdebi isn't really needed but it does make things a bit easier for those afraid of CLI
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Re: gdebi missing in Linux Mint Debian

Postby nalsdixit on Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:29 am

it is not i am 'afraid' of CLI, but rather i do not know enough, or am still learning. when i download a package and the default is open with 'archive manager' i click it. for users like me, it would surely help to have gdebi installed.

fwiw, i believe this is where mint will have a niche over the more savvy debian users

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Re: gdebi missing in Linux Mint Debian

Postby anamnesis on Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:41 am

nalsdixit wrote:it is not i am 'afraid' of CLI, but rather i do not know enough, or am still learning. when i download a package and the default is open with 'archive manager' i click it. for users like me, it would surely help to have gdebi installed.

fwiw, i believe this is where mint will have a niche over the more savvy debian users

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Open the Bourne-again shell ("terminal"). Hold your breath, because this terminal is not mouseable, you must write something (I know, I know...). And now: $ sudo apt-get install gdebi <hit enter>
Puuh, that was something...
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