jsvenancio wrote: ↑
19 Jan 2019 13:32
Sometimes the problem is knowing exactly which packages to install from Synaptic.
Hi jsvenancio, try having a read of the link below
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It not only covers Synatic's but also Apt as well, it does go on to other package managers which are not in SolydXK but it will give you a good basic understanding.
In regards to what programs to download that really depends on two things, are you looking for a specific program to do do xyz or are you looking for updates for your current installation.
If you are looking for a program and you know the name of it (lets say libreoffice) then you simply look through Synaptic until you find the name right click on the name and select "Mark for Installation" when you do this SolydXK well then selected a bunch of (other) required programs that will once installed give you the basic of the running program. There will be loads it does not install but they are best left unless A) you know you need that program (as you have installed it before) or B) you find an issue with one of the programs option that does not fully work as you require and when you ask other about your issue they recommend that you install program ABC (a spell checking file in a certain language for example)
In regards to Updates and upgrades, when you open Synaptics, if you click on the Status Button (Lower left) and then click on the reload button (top left on toolbar) . Reload will check with the Debian & SolydXK server to ensure that Synaptic has the latest updates available. Synaptic will then check its list of available files and versions against what you have installed and then provide a list of files that require to be updated on your PV to be up to date with the current version. If you look above the Status button you (and there are files to upgrade) a line that says "Installed (upgradeable)" you click on that line it will show you a list of files that will be upgraded.
This is a very simplistic view but once you have used Synaptics a few times you will become more experienced with it and find it does not bite you very often. When it does, ask questions before blindly carrying on