when to use mintInstall and synaptic

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when to use mintInstall and synaptic

Postby agreif » Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:38 am


as a new user to mint gloriaI am confused about the usage of mintInstall and synaptic
1) do they both use apt under the hood?
2) can I install an app with one tool and deinstall it with the other?
3) when do I have to use mintInstall and not synaptic?
4) when do I have to use synaptic and not mintInstall?
5) which tool should I try first if I want to install an app (eg. emacs)?

thanks in advance, and sorry for my basic questions.


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Re: when to use mintInstall and synaptic

Postby richyrich » Fri Nov 13, 2009 9:11 am

Hi Alex,
1) Yes.
2) Not until Mint 8
3, 4 & 5) IMO, if I can't find it in mintInstall, I'll go to Synaptic. If I've added other software repositories, I'll go to Synaptic.

The Software Manager (mintInstall) is more user/newb friendly (without having to look under the hood), with the Package Manager (Synaptic) you can get right under the hood, install specific libraries, desktop environments, codecs, etc. (and break things easier!). The sorting features in Synaptic (bottom left buttons) are real nice too.

But it's your choice, as both work great! . . . :)

regards, richy

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