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The purpose of this article is to describe and explore ways to copy or backup your currently existing installed software titles into a single file for later use. We can then use this file to reinstall the software onto another system or clone the existing software across multiple Linux systems on or across a network. This method also prevents the need to install software titles one by one.
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In this article, we are going to cover the available options for installing software on Ubuntu. By the end of this article, you’ll be equipped with an arsenal of tools for installing the exact software you want on your Ubuntu server! We will be installing three different software packages from source, deb, and flatpack.
Typically, the Ubuntu OS ships with an excellent package management system called APT. Apt-get, or the more recent apt command, are the interfaces users would typically utilize to search for, download, and install packages.
What happens when you need to install something on your Ubuntu server, but the software package isn’t available for installing via apt?
What if you need to build a software package from source to access the newest features from the latest version of that package?
How do I locate the dependencies for the software I need?
We will answer those questions below!
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What Is Jenkins?
Jenkins is an open source automation server software developed in Java. It allows developers to integrate CI/CD (Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery) pipelines within their organization that ease and automate workflows. It has an extensive help community, supports over 1000 plugins, allows users the ability to automate almost any task and, it saves significant time that can be better utilized addressing other issues.
When automating tasks with Jenkins, users can optimize their workflow by quickly automating the jobs that servers are not able to do themselves. Jenkins has a wide array of features including building projects, executing unit tests for bug detection, analyzing static code, and deploying applications. For this article, we will learn how to install Jenkins on a Ubuntu 16.04 server using APT (Advanced Package Tool). When using APT, we can retrieve and install all of the needed dependencies as well.
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