Linked by Fabian M. Schindler on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 18:53 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Linux distros are advancing everywhere. Not only servers but also on the desktop pc and notebooks. There are wild discussions, if Linux-Distributions are ready for serious business work or personal use. This critical review will deal with two long awaited Linux-distributions, Fedora Core 3 and Ubuntus Warty Warhog. Why these two? Because both feature Gnome 2.8 and it would not be a comparision on equal terms to compare Gnome to e.g KDE. Also, both use kernel 2.6.8+ and have their very own theme for the default desktop. Bluecurve for Fedora and Human for Ubuntu.
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Sick of packaging wars....
by SadUbuntuUser on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 21:09 UTC

I can guarantee you that if you stuck someone with a Debian box that only had *dpkg* (the real Debian package manager) and debian packages, they would be just as frustrated as they were (apparently) with a RedHat system that only had RPM packages and the rpm package manager to manage them.

Now add apt4rpm to the RedHat system, and apt back to the Debian system? Guess what, they're both just as freaking easy to use!

It is such a pathetic and tiring argument to say that Deb is better than RPM or RPM is better than Deb.

Both posess disadvantages and adavantages.

In fact, the *only* disadvantage that either *package format* has that actually effects the user is the fact that Deb doesn't support bi-arch packages (AMD64/i386 as mentioned earlier).

From a user standpoint, once you have a frontend program like apt using the underlying package manager to manage packages on the system there is no *difference* as far as the package format itself is concerned and no real effect on the user.

The only difference lies in the contents of the packages or the distribution itself, and has absolutely nothing to do with the package format.

So, no more pathetic packaging wars please. Neither format ulatimately effects the user in any significant way.