Installing software’s in BOSS for government Laptop.

 In order to install your favorite software in BOSS linux which is preloaded in tamilnadu government laptop use  Synaptic Package Manager in boss. The Synaptic Package Manager enables you to install and manage the software on your system. To open Synaptic Package manager Click on System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager

Installing a package/application using Synaptic Package Manager

1. click on search to find a package , a dialog appears on the screen type the package name in it and click on search. If that package is found it will get displayed on the screen.

2. Right click on that package and select mark for installation.

3. You can mark all the packages that you need and finally click on apply button.

The packages that are marked for installation are downloaded and installed from the boss repository onto your system.

Removing a package/application using Synaptic Package Manager

To remove a package right click on it and select "Mark for Removal" and then choose apply.

If you want to remove the package along with the configuration files right click and select "Mark for complete removal" This removes all the unwanted packages.

Installing package/application through shell prompt

First connect to the boss repository.

1. Open the sources.list file (ie) Run the command

                    vi /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Find out whether these lines are there in that file

                    deb savir main contrib non-free

                    deb-src savir main contrib non-free

If these lines are not present then you must include these lines into your file and quit with saving. Comment all the unnecessary lines. Lines that
start with '#' symbol means are commented.

3.Once you have connected to the BOSS repository run this command

                    apt-get update

This command is used to resynchronize the package index files from their sources. The indexes of available packages are fetched from the locations specified in /etc/apt/sources.list.

4. You can search packages by running the command

                    apt-cache search package name

It searches the package names and the descriptions for an occurrence of the regular expression and prints out the package name and the short description, including virtual package names.

5. From the description provided find out the apt package you need and run the command

                    apt-get install package name

Using this command the package , all dependent packages required by the packages specified for installation will be retrieved and installed.The /etc/apt/sources.list file is used to locate the desired packages.

Removing packages from shell prompt

To remove unwanted packages run the command

                    apt-get --purge remove packagename

To remove the package along with dependencies run the command

                    apt-get autoremove

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