Since Ubuntu 7.04 TaskSel is available, this allows installing software package groups like
$sudo tasksel install lampserver (will install the all packages for lamp server) $sudo tasksel (will bring up a nice menu of software that can be installed)
There is tons of help on the web about using apt-get and other utils.
To find installed packages and information about the packages use
$dpkg -l $dpkg --list $dpkg -l 'pattern'
apt-get is great utility to use to manage installation and removal of software. typicall usage:
$sudo apt-get install <package-name> $sudo apt-get remove <package-name>
Search for packages using a pattern:
$apt-cache search pattern