There are more than 12,000 packages in the full Mandriva 2006 tree on the Mandriva mirrors Often trying to install new software or updating already installed software in GNU-based Linux systems can be difficult and a real pain in the butt.Not so for Mandrake Linux, now known as Mandriva Linux.

The difficulties often encountered with trying to install new software or updating already installed software in GNU-based Linux systems are not nice for new-to-Linux users -- or for experienced Linux users for that matter.

And such problems often can discourage MS Windows users from migrating to Linux.

A Debian package file normally will be named something like Although the repositories that contain installable packages might live on the Internet or on a disc somewhere, APT keeps a local database on your hard drive with a list of all available packages and where to find them. To update the APT database: indicating there will be a filename to follow.

You may want to create an alias called “untar” that feeds in these options if you have a hard time remembering command line options as I do.

It's the one that shows Configure Your Computer - System configuration tool when you place the mouse cursor over it. The two main workhorses of the Software Management tab are the Install Software and Remove Software module screens.

Actually screen 2, Remove Software, ought to be named List and Remove Installed Software to better encapsulate the functions of this screen.

A big problem with trying to install software on a GNU-based Linux system has to do with something called dependencies.

Mandriva's Software Packages Installation module transparently cleans up all that dependency mess.

This command will not install the software, it will only extract the archived files.