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Do I have to use the Software Center to install a non-free package?

  1. Can I make a purchase using apt-get?
  2. How about if already made the purchase and I want to re-install the software. Can that be done with apt-get?
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 Do I have to use the Software Center to install a non-free package?

Software Centre performs 2 distinct functions. You can look up applications, and then install or remove then. But, it is also invoked by default (as a GUI method) to install .deb (or Debian) files.

So NO, you could use some other method (there are many) or install a .deb package in a non-GUI manner.

 1. Can I make a purchase using apt-get?

Typically the 'software key' is separate from the software. You only need a PPA to apt-get from. You may then type in, install, or retrieve the software license (or key) to fully enable the software.

Some software in partially functioned without a license, others are fully functional for 30 or 60 days.

 2. How about if already made the purchase
and I want to re-install the software.
Can that be done with apt-get?

That simply depends on whether there is a PPA, and if the license is separate.

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  1. Not sure, but I don't think so.

  2. Yes, you can re-install previous purchases using apt-get.

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