I don't see where you got all those package names in Salix and I don't see how that command should have worked.
Heheh; Obvious typos such as "audactiy" aside (I hate typing from my phone,) it was just an example - and in fact, it didn't work.
Which is why I asked my initial question. I finally got MPlayer to install, and I realized then that capitalization is important in Salix/Slack. (Something I was unaware of until then). What I was hoping for was not to have to bother with it (otherwise, I'd be using the GUI package manager, which is a MUCH easier way to individually
look up a bunch of package names - especially if you're trying to install Apache2, and find that Salix uses Cherokee).
Also, I apologise: yes, it is alsa-utils. I was at a client's office and thinking "madwifi-tools" while typing alsa-utils.
Which, although being entirely beside the point, DOES makes for a distraction in the example, and easily diverts attention from the topic at hand. Sorry for confusing you.
thenktor: I DO think I'm really going to like having everything put together in one package instead of xyz xyz-utils xyz-dev xyz-tools and all that. It seems a much simpler and more elegant way of doing it.
That's because the folks at debian never use capital letters in package names.
PRECISELY! It's what I was used to, and it's nice not to have to remember the proper case when you're in an SSH session and trying to apt-get install 20 packages at once, but I can definitely learn to live with it. I'm just kinda getting used to Salix, still, and initially wasn't sure if the naming convention was a result of slapt-get's code, or if that's just the way it is in Salix/Slack.
You've answered my questions beautifully, and I thank you all.