How do I learn about all the programs available in the Debian USB Complete Collection (or the Debian all discs option)?
written June 16, 2020 by Time Traveler
Category: SupportNote Tags: Debian Packages, Debian USB Complete Collection, mountusb, ISO, Synaptic, apt #25
When you have full access to the entire Debian distribution, you have thousands of packages available. So what is the best way to find out what all those programs and applications are?
If you just want to browse, this is the full list from Debian:
The other option to review/search/read about packages is to use Synaptic. This is the front end user interface to the "apt" package manager.
For technical details and a quick overview, this is from our reference page:
Debian Package Management
Synaptic can be found in different ways based on the desktop environment being run. You may be able to search (type in Synaptic), or look in Applications / System. If it is not available, you can get to a Terminal, login as superuser (su/root), and use apt-get install synaptic
Once in Synaptic, you can search for specific items, or browse by Sections (Categories), Status, Origin, or filter, etc. For the different packages, there are descriptions and details.
You can "Mark for Installation", apply upgrades, and do various other options - Synaptic is a great tool to learn and work with when dealing with your Debian system. If not familiar with it, it is highly recommend to spend the time to learn how it works and what you can do with it.
Just as a reminder/review for those that aren't already aware, here are 2 videos that walk through the Live versions and a full install (as well as using mountusb.sh to access all 16 DVD ISO data):
Debian 10.0.0 Live Desktops (8 different ones) that covers a quick look at all 8 live environments to show you what this USB Collection looks like!
Debian 10.0.0 Installation this does an installation walk through and shows how to mount all 16 USB ISOs from the USB Collection
For details on mountusb.sh, see this blog entry: How to access ALL Debian packages from LinuxCollections.com's Debian Complete Collection on USB