Synaptic Package Manager: a GUI method for installing programs/packages

While “apt-get” and “aptitude” are fast ways of installing programs/packages, you can also use the Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic Manager), a GUI method for installing programs/packages. Most (but not all) programs/packages available with apt-get install will also be available from the Synaptic Package Manager. This is the preferred method for most

Installing a package from source

Make sure you have all the necessary development tools (i.e. libraries, compilers, headers): sudo apt-get install build-essentialsudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` Note: “uname -r” lists the current kernel you are using Extract the archive that contains the source files: tar xvf sourcefilesarchive.tar.gz Build the package using the package’s script (in this case the configure script),