Easy third-party package installer for debian-based distributions

aysiu dlist at ubuntuforums.org
Sun Sep 18 16:07:33 CDT 2005

Sami Dalouche Wrote: 
> So what happens on a Debian/Ubuntu/MEPIS/whatever

> box ? Average joe downloads the "Debian package" available on skype's
> website,

> and clicks on it (I believe it is possible to install a deb by
> double-clicking

> on it, right ?). Then, libqt is not installed, so it complains. End of
> the

> game, "linux sucks, I can't even install skype on it". Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't Mepis come with Skype?


> OK, joe should be taught to use apt-get, etc, but we are in the real
> world, so

> it is not possible. I don't agree with this at all. If "Joe" can't be taught to use
Synaptic, 'which is easier than Windows' setup.exe model'
(http://www.psychocats.net/essays/winuxinstall.php), then Joe shouldn't
be using Linux. Linux can be a lot easier than Windows, but if you're
not willing to learn something new that's -easier-, don't switch up
operating systems.


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