Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 00:30 UTC
Linux A next-generation package manager called Nix provides a simple distribution-independent method for deploying a binary or source package on different flavours of Linux, including Ubuntu, Debian, SUSE, Fedora, and Red Hat. Even better, Nix does not interfere with existing package managers. Unlike existing package managers, Nix allows different versions of software to live side by side, and permits sane rollbacks of software upgrades.
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RE[3]: ... the standards are there
by jabbotts on Tue 23rd Dec 2008 14:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
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Debian has a standard .deb which can be managed with apt-get or aptitude or synaptec if your GUI crippled.

Mandriva has a standard .rpm which can be managed with urpmi or rpmdrake for the GUI crippled.

yum is a standard for it's distribution which works great.

I don't try to manage my redhat or mandriva OS using apt-get any more than I manage my Debian with urpmi or draketools. Should I complain because slax isn't just like Debian or Red hat? Using the same lego pieces like a common kernel or being similar and interoperable does not make the different distributions or BSDs the same OS platform any more than win98 or osX is the same as Vista.

But lumping them all together as "Linux" and saying that one distinctly different platform and development goals should be the same as another distinctly different platform and development goals is really just demonstrating your own lack of understanding.

It may be better to remain silent and be mistaken for a fool rather than open your mouth and prove it.

(I'm not all teeth though, I'd happily answer any questions you have as I would for any other person exploring a new OS platform outside there comfort zone.)

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