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Packages you should install from the get-go

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software,Quick Linux Tutorials — TheLinuxBlog.com at 3:45 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

When re-installing or performing a fresh installs of Linux, I’ve found that packages often disappear from default installations. These are the tools I install from the get-go. I’m sure there is more that I’m missing, next time I re-install I’ll update the list. Feel free to contribute your favorites to the list in the comments!

vim
Because I like the improvements over vi.

screen
This is a requirement. Great VT100/ANSI terminal emulator and manager. I constantly use this to allow me to move around and avoid loosing terminals.

whois
Not used all that often, but when I want to use it, I don’t want to have to apt-get/yum it.

nmap
Really useful network scanner I use this to find hosts on my network when DHCP leases have changed.

smbfs
Normally mounting my NAS is desirable, installing this allows me to do so.

ncurses
Installing ncurses and ncurses-dev is a good idea. Lots of stuff uses it! I install for make menuconfig when compiling a kernel.