What is a META package in Linux and what is it used for?


A meta package is a convenient way to bulk install groups of programs, their libraries and documentation. Many Linux distributions like, for example, Kali use them to create software bundles that are easy for a user to install.

A meta package rarely contains anything but a change log, a list, and any copyright information, it does not contain any programs or libraries. Its way of working is to have a list of different dependencies that the package manager reads.

The package manager then goes to the software archive to find the various dependencies and install them.

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Games For Linux

Windows has always been the preferred platform for gaming, but after STEAM's interest in Linux more game developers are making their games natively available for Linux.


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