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Installing Applications with Puppy Package Manager

Installing Applications from Puppy

Puppy Linux has two Software Centres: in this chapter, we'll cover the full package installer: the Puppy Package Manager whereas the simpler Quickpet is covered in another chapter.

The Puppy Package Manager still only contains a small number of applications (-but more than Quickpet) compared to those in the big distros, such as Ubuntu Software Centre, but it is much easier to use than installing an application direct from the web.


Starting the Puppy Package Manager

You can start the Puppy Package Manager by clicking on the Puppy main menu, then choosing the the following option:

Setup → Setup Puppy → Puppy Package Manager:

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1

Once started, you should see the main Puppy Package Manager window open up:

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1


Installing an Application using the Puppy Package Manager

Once the Puppy Package Manager has been invoked, use the radio buttons down the side of the dialogue to select the category in which your chosen application fits; this will display a list of the available applications in the main pane of the window. Scroll down and click on the desired application (-or use the "Search" field if you know the application name):

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1

Double-click the application to start the install: Puppy will first check that you have the right permissions, all required libraries are installed and there is enough space to continue with the install. If you want to continue with the installation - click on the "Install.." button in the confirmation dialogue that appears:

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1

Puppy will then ask you which mirror site you wish to download from: choose the one nearest to your location, then click on the "Download Packages" button to begin:

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1

A window will open up, showing you a progress bar representing the status of the package download. Once completed, this window will close and you should see the following dialogue box (-assuming all went well):

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1

Click "OK" to close the dialogue box. A background window may open up stating the following:

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1

This informs you that Puppy is finalizing - and doing various integrity checks on - the install. Assuming all is good, you'll get yet another dialogue box, this time stating:

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1

Once again, just click "OK" to close the dialogue box. If you want to verify the application has installed correctly, simply look for it under the Puppy main menu:

Puppy Package Manager Screen 1


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