Like Fedora, BLAG is an RPM-based distro, and uses YUM to install and update software. If you have used YUM in Fedora, you already know how it works. In a nutshell, become “root” in the Terminal:
# su –
(enter your root password)
To update the packages on your system, type:
# yum update
To search for a new package (such as “foo”) to install:
# yum search foo
To install a new package (such as “foo”):
# yum install foo
For instance, I decided to install VideoLAN Client. By searching, I discovered that the name of the package in the repository is “vlc.” So, by simply typing:
# yum install vlc
Within a few minutes I had the program installed and running on my system.
Curiously, BLAG also includes a port of Debian’s APT for RPM. If you have used Debian (or Ubuntu), you should be familiar with APT. Both tools accomplish the same goal using seemingly the same repository, so I question the inclusion of both. I remember installing APT and using it almost exclusively on Fedora Core 1, but since it seemed that YUM was to be the official successor, I switched and never looked back.
Out of curiosity, I tried an “apt-get update” and all seemed to work well, so it appears that using both APT and YUM will not leave a smoldering crater where your computer once stood. Given my familiarity with YUM and Fedora, I will continue using YUM for package management.
For you graphical people, you will be pleased to know that BLAG comes with Pirut, a GUI program that allows for the addition and removal of software. Simply go to the “Applications” menu, and choose “Add/Remove Software” to launch it.
With Pirut, you can search through all of the packages in the repository, and choose to install/uninstall at will. For instance, I chose to install OpenOffice through Pirut (see screenshot).
Since BLAG comes with the aforementioned APT, it also contains Synaptic, the graphical counterpart. Like Pirut, you may use Synaptic (under System – Administration) to install/uninstall programs. Once again, I question the inclusion of both update programs. I installed a random program via Synaptic, and all seemed to work well, so there does not seem to be any harm in including both. Your mileage may vary. I’ll stick to YUM and Pirut.
For a list of roughly 60,000 packages available, please see this link. No, I did not count to verify the actual number.