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Linux: manage software packages with Bauh

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Package managers are a fine thing: They install all the components of an application in the correct directories, keep the components up-to-date and, if necessary, clean them from the hard drive without leaving any residue. A program can be found and installed quickly using the search function. While packages from the distribution repositories have so far dominated Linux, applications are now also reaching many Linux systems from sources other than Flatpak, Snap or AppImage. The advantages are obvious: libraries and runtime environments are included in the correct version, the programs can be updated independently of the system, are easy to set up and work on most Linux systems.

While you can set up Snap packages with Ubuntu directly via the software management, applications in Flatpak format are available, for example, via the Flathub repository. AppImages, on the other hand, can often be found directly on the project website of an application. The package manager Bauh offers more direct access: its graphical user interface can be used to conveniently find, install, update, delete and start applications in various package formats. The name Bauh (pronounced Ba-uh) comes from the Brazilian Portuguese and means something like chest or box.

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The alternative package manager Bauh (Download via GitHub) emerged from the fpakman tool and was originally intended to simplify the administration of Flatpak packages under Arch Linux. This origin is noticeable in the tool: Bauh cannot do anything with DEB and RPM packages in the current version 0.9.18, so it can only be used in addition to regular software management under systems such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint and OpenSuse.

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