Here we see how we can search for softwares on ubuntu. Ubuntu maintains a repository (a kind of huge database full of softwares) where almost everything you need (commonly) will be available.
Let’s get to it. ‘apt’ is your friend. Trust him and let him work for you. Rub the lamp for a while and viola! There comes ‘apt’ out of the lamp!
Anyway, how to search for a software? Just do the following:
apt-cache search SOFTWARE
Be sure to replace that ‘SOFTWARE’ with whatever you want to search for! Once you’ve typed that in, a long list will appear showing you the results matching your query. Let’s see an example. Suppose you want to install inkscape and don’t know what the software name exactly is, just do the following:
haris@lorien:~$ apt-cache search inkscape
inkscape – vector-based drawing program
create-resources – shared resources for use by creative applications
ink-generator – Inkscape extension to automatically generate files from a template
ttf-opendin – Open DIN font
ttf-rufscript – handwriting-based font for Latin characters
Ah! There it is at the top. Now how to install it you ask? Just follow the following!
sudo apt-get install SOFTWARE
You need to use the ‘sudo’ command for this. ‘apt’ will fetch all the dependencies for you and install your software for good!
Check it out. 🙂