LibraZiK-4 Manual - Installing a software
We have seen that Synaptic is the package manager of choice for your LibraZiK-4 environment. It goes even further than that, it is very strongly discouraged to install a software other than through Synaptic because, in the best case, it may work, and then that's great, but in other cases, it may mess up and even rot your system to the point where a complete reinstallation will be necessary. You'll find plenty of reading material on the web that will give you instructions on how to install software X or Y. Don't follow them if they don't start with “open your Synaptic package manager”. When in doubt, contact us to ask us what we think of this or that installation procedure that you will have gleaned from the Internet.
You will have been warned!
Here are some steps to follow to install correctly a software on your LibraZiK-4 :
Launch Synaptic : Menu → System → Administration → Synaptic Package Manager. You will be asked for your administrator password:
Then, the main Synaptic window will open:
Now do a search for the software you want to install:
Right-click on the line of the desired software and left-click on “Mark for Installation”.
A window may pop up to give you information, for example to tell you that this package requires the installation of one or more other packages. These packages are called dependencies and most software has some. Read what is written in this window and then click on “Mark” to accept the installation of these packages.
Now click on “Apply” at the top of the Synaptic.
You will get a summary and final confirmation window, once again click on “Apply” :
The desired software will be downloaded:
And you will get a final window confirming that the installation was successful. Click on “Close”.
You will be back on the main Synaptic screen which you can close by clicking on the small cross at the top left or by selecting the menu of Synaptic → File → Quit.
Now, your software is ready to be used.