Tasksel is a software manager much like apt on Ubuntu. However, the difference is that it has a user interface to install software applications and group packages for a single installation instance. So instead of installing packages one by one, say for a LAMP stack, you can install a LAMP stack on one go as Tasksel groups packages together. In this article, we will show you how to install and use Tasksel.
First, let's open up a terminal session by selecting then type terminal in the search bar up top and click on the icon once it appears to open.
Next let's update our system packages.
sudo apt update
After updating our system packages, let's install Tasksel.
sudo apt install tasksel
Add and Remove Tasksel packages
To add and remove a Tasksel package use the following syntax
sudo tasksel install tasksel_name
sudo tasksel remove tasksel_name
To open the user interface to install software applications enter the following command below.
Press the up and down arrows to scroll through software, space to make your selection, and tab to highlight <Ok>. Once you have selected your software, press the tab key and then press enter to install the software selected. From the screenshot above you can see all the different group packages you can install. You can install KDE plasma desktop, Mate desktop, LAMP server, DNS server, etc. There is a large selection of predefined collections of software to choose from.
List group packages
To see a list of all predefined software packages use –list-task.
sudo tasksel list-task
In the screenshot above, you will notice the letters "u" and "i" to the very left of each software application listed. The “u” means uninstalled and the ‘I’ means installed.