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I come from Debian Linux. In that OS I used aptitude for a neat ncurses text-based GUI package manager. What exists for CentOS that is the same?

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Text based or GUI? It's either one or the other. –  John Gardeniers Jan 7 '11 at 2:43
    
I think he's using the term "GUI" to apply to any menu-based system. ncurses certainly restricts it to the realm of the terminal. –  David Mackintosh Jan 7 '11 at 3:43
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yum:

http://www.centos.org/docs/5/html/yum/

I don't know of an ncurses front for it but there is "Yum Extender" (yumex) which is a full GUI front-end to yum.

Hope that helps.

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