There are more than 12,000 packages in the full Mandriva 2006 tree on the Mandriva mirrors Often trying to install new software or updating already installed software in GNU-based Linux systems can be difficult and a real pain in the butt.
Not so for Mandrake Linux, now known as Mandriva Linux.
Today you get a good overview of installing and removing software to and from a Mandriva Linux system using the MCC Software Management tab -- with a little bit of tutorial and how-to thrown in.
Mandriva's Software Management tools make Installing and removing software easy, simple, and efficient.
The two main workhorses of the Software Management tab are the Install Software and Remove Software modules.
Actually, the Remove Software module ought to be named List and Remove Installed Software to better encapsulate the functions of this module.
The difficulties often encountered with trying to install new software or updating already installed software in GNU-based Linux systems are not nice for new-to-Linux users -- or for experienced Linux users for that matter.
And such problems often can discourage MS Windows users from migrating to Linux.
Actually the term package is a more precise term than is the term program or application when it comes to installing and removing software to and from a GNU-based Linux distribution.
Figure 3, above, shows the Software Packages Removal screen.
Thus, an easy-to-use software installation, removal, and maintenance module is an important component of a good desktop Linux system.
You can get to the Mandriva Control Center by clicking on the MCC icon on the K-Panel at the bottom of your screen. For you Microsoft Windows users, the K-Menu is similar to the Start button menu on the MS Windows Taskbar and the K-Panel is similar to the Windows Taskbar.
Installing and updating software is easy in Mandriva Linux (aka Mandrake Linux).