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Mepis and apt

  • January 24, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

After I loaded Mepis Linux on my old 266 Mhz laptop, I wanted to go ahead and update everything, so it was up to date.

I opened an X-term and typed:

apt-get update

apt-get dutifully went out on the web and updated all the internal index lists on my laptop in preparation for loading package updates.

Next I typed:

apt-get upgrade

Again, apt-get went through its paces checking installed versions against the latest ones on the various source sites.

Running on the 2.6.7 Linux kernel Mozilla upgraded from 1.7.2-3 version 1.7.3-5. XMMS and Smb4K stayed at versions 1.2.10 and 0.4.0, respectively.

Interestingly, OpenOffice.org wouldn't run off the live Mepis CD, but ran fine when loaded it on the hard-drive and upgraded to OOo version 1.1.2.

So, you can see that some packages didn't update. Maybe there weren't any new versions out. Or, it could be that the packages just haven't been updated in the Debian archives, quite yet.

There are literally tons of documentation that can show you every aspect of using apt on a Debian based machine. I used Mepis as a way to jump start the process of learning.

Now it's your turn. Robin Miller's latest book "Point and Click Linux" has a Mepis CD bundled in and is available through major book retailers. You could load Mepis and then upgrade with apt-get. I think you'll find it a worthwhile experience.

Rob Reilly is a consultant, writer, and commentator who advises clients on business & technology projects. His Linux, portable computing, and public speaking skills-related articles regularly appear in various high-end Linux and business media outlets. Send him a note or visit his Web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~robreilly.

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