Synaptic is a graphical frontend to the Debian/Conectiva APT system of packaging. The program presents a list of categories for programs, and within those categories the APT package names. Selecting one provides three options:

  • Keep - The package stays on the servers and is not installed. Think supermarket..."keep" it on the shelves.
  • Upgrade/Install - The package is downloaded and installed using whatever packaging system APT is configured to use.
  • Remove - The package is removed.

It's well worth the download since it allows you to a) see dependencies BEFORE you perform the APT command and b) access all of APTs mightiness through a colourful graphical interface. It's saved my ass once or twice, and it may well save yours. Go on, apt-get install synaptic NOW!