* Miroslav Kure <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2004-02-23 18:07:50 +0100]: > (BTW, these days every other major distribution offers ported apt-get > or have some similar tool like urpmi. Do you think we should weaken > the wording "most distinguishes" a bit?) IMO the biggest feature that distinguishes distributions is the package management. I mean, it's the same kernel, the same core software bundled with it for the most part, stored in the same places (mostly, depending on how FHS-compliant a distro is)...what's really the difference between distributions if not the package manager? The only other real difference is the installer, which you only use once anyway. I think that's something that _should_ be played up...the fact that users of all these other distributions are installing part of Debian's package management system. We should also emphasize that it's only a small part of it...'apt-get' != 'APT'. When you install apt4rpm, you may get apt-get but you don't get the rest of the army of apt-* tools, the existence of which is made possible only by Debian's stringent package format QA process (try having a tool like apt-listchanges with a bunch of packages that don't have a changelog format spec...). -- John ! The problem with pointing to the Nazis or the Gestapo Buttery! exclusively is that it allows us the safety of saying, "Well, www.io.c! it happened just there, and only once, *we* could never fall om/~john! for that."
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