07 October 2008

Aptly Astounded

Even though it's years since I crawled out of the dark cave of proprietary software, I remain amazed at the unending stream of free apps that are available in the realm of light. This is such a contrast to the world of Windows, which is predicated on the idea that you must buy everything or you can't have it. To be given good stuff, again and again, is an extraordinary blessing of free software that is all-too easy to overlook.

At the heart of that blessing, for me, is APT, which makes getting as easy as asking. It turns out that there are ways of making this generosity even richer, through yet another gift, APTonCD:

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Have you ever felt that there is no life without APT? Well, if you'd suddenly lost conection to the internet, how would you install new packages? What about dependencies? You've just finished installing Ubuntu and configured it to a rad look, with all your favorite applications? For some reason you now have to re-install it? Feel like you have to download all of your favorite programs again? What? You've already forgotten which packages you had dowloaded before?

What is APTonCD?

APTonCD is a tool with a graphical interface which allows you to create one or more CDs or DVDs (you choose the type of media) with all of the packages you've downloaded via APT-GET or APTITUDE, creating a removable repository that you can use on other computers.
APTonCD will also allow you to automatically create media with all of your .deb packages located in one especific repository, so that you can install them into your computers without the need for an internet conection.

How fab is that? (Via Μιχάλης Κασάπογλου.)

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