Installing applications on a running Linux or BSD operating system involves pointing the package manager to the distro’s package repository, assuming it is not already pointing to it, or to a third-party repository. A few distros, for example, Mint Linux and PC-BSD also have a Web-based package portal.

Apt:foo is one more addition to the list of Web-based package portals. As its name indicates, it is a Web version of apt-get, the command line package manager for Debian and Debian-derived Linux distributions. This means that regardless of the name of your distro, if it uses apt-get for package management, you can utilize apt:foo.

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To actually use apt:foo, your Debian or Debian-derived distro must have the following installed:

  • Firefox Web browser
  • Apt-get
  • GDebi
  • Apturl

It is very likely that you already have the first three tools installed, but you may need to use apt-get to install apturl. If you are new to Linux, use the command apt-get install apturl or sudo apt-get install apturl to install apturl. You may also use your distros graphical package manager to search for and install apturl. After that, point Firefox to apt:foo’s home page, locate the package you wish to install, click on the name of the package, click “yes” on the next dialog window, and watch the magic.

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Apt:foo is the product of the folks at CafeLinux.org, the developers of OzOS. The current package selection on apt:foo is – in comparison to a standard Linux or BSD repository, very sparse, but we are sure that many more will be added in the future.

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  1. This looks really promising. Coupled with some of the cheap, energy efficient hardware coming out (like Raspberry Pi), this project or others of its ilk could really free up our data.

    The browser-based text editor is pretty damn epic, too. It’s got me looking to see whether this is available as a port on OpenBSD yet!

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