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Packages you should install from the get-go

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software,Quick Linux Tutorials — 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!

Because I like the improvements over vi.

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.

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

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

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

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