Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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Keeping up to date with out a hassle.
by Jonathan on Thu 12th Feb 2004 05:37 UTC

<blockquote>"but I really would like a distribution that makes it easy to install new software and keep the existing software up to date."</blockquote>

I am running Fedora Core 1 on my main home machine and have found that yum and apt-get/synaptic are the perfect solution for me. I have yum configured to point to one of the "official" FC1 mirrors and apt/synaptic pointed to freshrpms.net. This way all I have to do is do a

# yum update

and I am current with all the official packages, and

#apt-get update
#apt-get upgrade

and I am current on all the freshrpms packages. (Can we all say cron together now?)

I have found that the freshrpms packages are high quality and usually bug free. There is a pretty good selection there although you will not find everything. There are some links on freshrpms to other repositories that fill in some of the blanks. They try to be compatable with each other but you have to be carefull. A month ago in an effort to get a couple of video tools installed, I put some of the other repositories into my apt configuration and managed to completly scramble the RPM database on my RedHat9 machine. Something called at-rpms uninstalled apt and then tried to upgrade everything with horrible results. The folks on the freshrpms development list were quite helpfull but in the end there was nothing to do but reinstall the system.

Since then the other repositories stay out of my apt configs. I have had zero problems staying with just freshrpms. The owner keeps things pretty current will add requested packages fairly readly. A new one that I just installed last night is a game called neverball. Cool game, great graphics and fun to play.