Noob question - best way to install software
I've been using Debian for about a month, and just upgraded to Etch. I'm very happy with it so far - my compliments to the people who create this great piece of work.
I am wondering about the best way to install software. I have used the "apt-get" method, which is pretty simple, and have also downloaded and compiled from source "tarballs" which is a little more complicated but doesn't seem to be a big deal. Are there significant advantages and disadvantages to these methods, besides just convenience? I worry about dependencies, and maybe messing stuff up with "apt-get update."
Thanks for your advice.