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It's easy to remove a package entirely, making sure all its files are gone.
It's easy to query what version of a package is installed or available.
It's easy to install or remove groups of packages.
Installing from source may overwrite, delete, or change existing files that are in a package, making that package not function correctly.
Installing from source makes it impossible or very difficult for anyone to help you debug issues, since versions can't be easily queried and integrity checked.
In many cases it's possible to downgrade back to a previous version of a package, for example when a new version has a bug.
If some software is missing in your installation then you should try the following steps to get the packaged version:
https://www.freedesktop.org/software/PackageKit/[PackageKit] - PackageKit gui tool ('add/remove software' in your menu)
https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Software[GNOME Software] - ­Graphical package manager for GNOME
https://rpm.org[rpm] - RPM package manager.
https://github.com/timlau/yumex-dnf[yumex] - Yum Extender. '''
https://apps.kde.org/discover/[KDE Discover] - Graphical pacakge manager for KDE Plasma
Here are some tools for managing packages:
Fedora packages may include patches or configuration to work with other packages, but upstream source does not, leading to loss of functionality.
Fedora is a distribution that uses a package management system. This system is based on https://rpm.org[rpm] , the RPM Package Manager, with several higher level tools built on top of it, most notably https://www.freedesktop.org/software/PackageKit/[PackageKit] (default gui) and xref:dnf.adoc[DNF]. GNOME Software is another GUI package manager.
Disadvantages of package management systems
Advantages of package management systems