I can’t begin to tell you how many people over the years I have consulted with about choosing a Linux distribution. And even with my own personal loyalties to one distribution or another, it always amazes me how certain distributions are better suited to various users and needs. So when I set out to write a 10 Things article, it only made sense that my first one be related to choosing a Linux distribution.

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11 years 26 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago


rpm vs apt?

While I do like the rest of the list, the attempt to compare rpm with apt shows that the author does not understand the basics of the described technology:
rpm is a package manager and a package format. The Debian/Ubuntu equivalent to these techniques is dpkg and deb. So if you want to compare rpm to anything, compare it to these.
apt is a software management tool. It is there to resolve dependencies and download new packages. Other software manager are urpmi, yum or yast's zypper. If apt is to be compared against something, it should be compared against these.

But a comparison of apt vs rpm is just plain stupid. You can even use rpm with apt. With a bit of patching you should also be able to use yum with deb/dpkg.

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