Chocolatey - a Package Manager for Windows

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To kick off the new year Paul Broadwith will give us a talk on some technology you’d probably not expect to feature at a LUG…

He’ll be talking about the open source edition of Chocolatey, a package manager for …. Windows !

“Wait, EdLUG will talk about a Windows tool ??”

It is, more generally, an Open Source tool (Apache 2.0 license), which also enables a new way of discovering and installing applications. Introducing CLI package management to Windows users can be a helpful way to ease them into the idea of using a terminal - and make the case for Linux that much easier to present.

It runs on the command line, typically in PowerShell, and behaves pretty much like package managers you know like APT, dnf/yum or npm. In fact, it is more like ‘yaourt’ and the Arch User Repository in that the packages are community-curated. You can even install graphical apps like Firefox and Filezilla with it.

So come along for a journey of discovery, Windows and Linux users alike!

We’ll be meeting at Akva at 7pm, for a 7:15pm start, in the upper mezzanine, then social from 8pm.

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If you have never been to one of these meetings, just know that it's friendly and informal - grab a pint or a soda, come ask questions, get help with open source software and Linux, and enjoy some geeky company!

There is often a Linux laptop on hand for a quick show and tell for anyone who is curious, and you can also bring your own laptop to troubleshoot Linux, or try Linux on your own laptop - without installing it.