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Software Packages

Software is the instructions or code that runs the operating system (Puppy Linux) and applications (AKA application programs or apps). Examples of application programs would include an accounts package or a CAD program.

Puppy Linux like most versions of Linux come with a lot of built in programs. The easiest way to add more is either a self installing file such as a PET, or by using a package manger such as PPM.

Precautions
Most software comes with a disclaimer, usually stating something along the lines of:
Absolutely no warranty given or implied, so use any software package entirely at your own risk.

system backup: always have multiple copies of your current operating system before installing any package to it

official software packages are available via the Puppy Package Manager:
using the start menu: Menu > Setup > Puppy Package Manager
using the command-line interface:
ppm


un-official software packages are available from repositories such as: murga-linux.com

there are three main software package types, identified by their file extension:
.txz (intended for full and frugal installations)
.pet (intended for full and frugal installations; supersedes .pup which is now obsolete)
.sfs (intended for frugal or LiveDVD installations)

software package names that contain a suffix denote the environment in which the package was compiled (built). This provides some indication of whether or not a certain package is compatible with one's operating system, but one will not know of compatibility for sure unless the package is actually installed


Prerequisite packages
Some packages are dependent on other packages being install, hence these are called dependencies. Sometimes a particular versions of a specific package is required.
Common dependencies:


Partition space
since the installation of any software package involves occupying partition space, the installation will fail if there is not sufficient, free space on the target installation partition
sometimes installing PET and TXZ packages to frugal Puppy installations requires the amount of free space inside the personal storage file to be at least 3 times the size of the package


Download location


Installing TXZ software packages


Installing PET software packages

Installing PET packages within frugal Puppy installations

Installing PET packages within full Puppy installations


Installing SFS software packages

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