[buug] tired of redhat, and i want something new to play with

Nick Moffitt nick at zork.net
Sun May 4 19:52:27 PDT 2003

begin  Michael Paoli  quotation:
> --- mikron <mikron at idiom.com> wrote:
> > 1) How does debian stack up to rpm based distros?  does it use
> > runlevels, or is it more bsd like in startup/shutdown?
> Debian has a rock solid excellent packaging system - but it's not
> RPM.  Many (most? :-)) would argue that Debian's packaging system is
> superior to RPMs ... but RPMs are the de facto (and LSB) standard
> for LINUX distributions.  

	Bullshit.  Debian's packages are a pain in the ass, and have
no real benefit over RPM.  What Debian wins at is package *policy*.
They make sure that all the packages are created in a consistent
unified manner, making tools like apt even *possible*.  

	Apt is not the package manager -- it's just a downloader and
dependency resolver.  It's an amazing tool, but it makes use of the
fact that debian is VERY PICKY about packaging policy.



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