I'm not satisfied with the Pi Store's software solutions. Do I have any alternatives to choose from?

For instance, I'm looking for web browsers and an IDE and it would be convenient to grab these from a store like app within Raspbian.

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    Have you used apt-get before? What browser do you want, an IDE for what language? – Steve Robillard Dec 27 '14 at 1:45
  • I have. I'm not entirely sure how it works though. I'm looking for anything really. But I'd prefer a build of Chromium or Firefox and maybe something like Geany for an IDE – VitaminYes Dec 27 '14 at 1:47
  • Is apt-get my only alternative? – VitaminYes Dec 27 '14 at 1:51
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    No but it has hundreds if not thousands of more packages. And it is worth the time needed to learn the basics. – Steve Robillard Dec 27 '14 at 2:00

apt-get basics

the following command will update the list of available packages.

  sudo apt-get update

this is normally followed by:

sudo apt-get upgrade 

which will update the installed packages.

Once this is done you can install additional packages with the following:

sudo apt-get install package-name

where package-name is replaced with the name of the package you want to install. So to install chromium you would enter:

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

likewise to install geany:

sudo apt-get install geany.

Finally to get help with apt-get or almost any command you can enter

man apt-get

This will display the man (manual) page.

There is a graphical tool Aptitude Package Manager available from the Other menu which provides largely the same functionality.

You may also want to look for a book that coers Linux basics (I can recommend Linux for Dummies), or consider the Introduction to Linux course offered by EdX.

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    This is actually really nice. I'm unsure why I was ever afraid of a CLI. I've grabbed a copy of both Chromium and Geany. Thanks! – VitaminYes Dec 27 '14 at 2:21
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    It takes some getting used to (like anything new) and the course I mentioned will be a big help (I took it a few months ago - to evaluate it for a client and thought it well done). In time the command line will become your first choice. – Steve Robillard Dec 27 '14 at 2:29
  • The course has my interest – VitaminYes Dec 27 '14 at 2:36
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    @VitaminYes apt-cache search "text" can also be helpful to find packages where you don't know the exact name. – Bob Dec 27 '14 at 6:26

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