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    few questions


    what are dependencies?
    what is tcl/tk?
    what is APT?
    what's the difference between gnome and kde, and what's the best for a newbie to use?
    what's the latest kernel version? (there are two versions of linux in my grub bootloader since i updated my whole system)

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    A dependency is just what it sounds like - when applied to packages it specifies what packages other packages depend on. For example, to install GNOME, you need the X packages.

    TCL is a primitive scripting language. Tk is an add-on for TCL that provides a Motif GUI for it.

    APT is one of Debian's tools for package management.

    There are many differences between GNOME and KDE, but most of them are programmatical. I think they are about equal in user-friednlyness, but in my opinion, GNOME is built on a much better programmatical base.

    The latest kernel version is 2.6.1, but you probably don't want to upgrade to 2.6 right now. The latest version of the 2.4 branch is 2.4.24.

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