What is the preferred package management program for the console?

Asked by David Ayers on 2010-08-07

According to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aptitude_%28software%29
http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/ch-pkgtools.en.html#s-aptitude
aptitude is "the preferred program for package management from console both for package installations and package or system upgrades." for Debian.

I assumed that this is also true for Ubuntu and i haven't found anything indicating that there is a different tool. Yet I just installed Maverick alpha 3 and noticed that aptitude is not installed by default. So that triggers the question:
What is the preferred package management program for the console?
(which I would assume is installed with the default installation).

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You can use apt-get or aptitude. Both are fine. There is no preferred app for ANYTHING. Just use what you like. You can use apt-get and aptitude interchangeably
http://www.webupd8.org/2010/06/aptitude-removed-from-ubuntu-1010.html
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David Ayers (ayers) said : #2

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.