The Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X platforms are so widespread that typically a Windows or Mac software vendor will provide a binary. In contrast, several packages for Unix-like systems are only available as sources. If they are available as binaries, they are usually only available for a few popular distros, or statically linked for a few popular kernels, and possibly for a different processor than what you run.
The best way to get many packages, especially free software packages, is to get them from your Unix-like system vendor. Vendors port the packages to their distros and build binary packages.
Handling packages Edit
- pkg_add, pkg_delete, pkg_info
- pkgadd,pkginfo,pkgrm for Solaris
Querying packages Edit
On rpm-based systems, to find out which package owns the command foo (where foo is a standalone executable), use the command:
$ rpm -q -f foo
To add a package on linux based system use
$ rpm -i foo
To remove package on linux based system user
$ rpm -e foo
rpm command has other options user man pages to find out more.