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The problem with linux.....
The problem with you is that you don't use the right tool to install software. Installing software only with rpm, is just like compiling a software only with gcc.
For the second one, it's quite easier to do : $ make
For the first one, you must install and use yum
That doesn't mean that gcc is a bad compiler or rpm a bad software installer. They are some good critics against rpm
in the article of the author (espacillay rpms between various distros), but this one is a troll.
I agree it should be by default in the distro. It is in Mandrake (urpmi), and it will be in the next Redhat.