List of Linux package manager and their utility

List of Linux package manager and their utility

A package manager or package management system is a collection of software tools that automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing computer programs for a computer's operating system in a consistent manner. This type of package manager deals with packages, distributions of software and data in archive files. They work closely with software repositories, binary repository managers, and app stores.

In the early days of Linux, programs were only distributed as source code, along with the required man pages, the necessary configuration files, and more. Nowadays, most Linux distributors use by default pre-built programs or sets of programs called packages, which are presented to users ready for installation on that distribution.

Ultimately for most Linux users the key difference they experience between different distros is the package manager (the Linux Kernel is the same and many desktop GUIs such as Cinnamon, KDE, GNOME operate across different distros. So in my case with Majaro Linux my package manager is Pacman and the GUI I use to manage is Pamac (the one I prefer). The emergence though of Flatpak and SNAP now means if these are supported by your distro you can easily install these install files on your distro too (a sort of universally supported installer).

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List of Linux package manager and their utility
A package manager or package management system is a collection of software tools that automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing computer programs for a computer's operating system in a consisten...

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