Re: Is `.deb' still better than `.rpm'?
Thanks to all those who responded (I posted the original question).
Bruce Perens writes:
> Several. We support pre-dependencies, which make upgrades a good deal
> more foolproof, as well as regular dependencies. Debian packages are
> easier to build (especially now with "debmake", it's practically
> automatic). We have automatic conversion of Red Hat and Slackware
> packages to Debian packages.
This answers my question. Thanks.
> I think the Debian packaging back-end (dpkg) is _finished_ software.
> It could have some small changes made to it, but it does what we need
> it to do. The _front_end_ (dselect) is the part that should be
> compared to other distributions, and the part that needs improvement.
A la GLINT, I suppose, though I've never seen it. I think it would be
fun to work on something like this. Maybe Debian could just use GLINT
and massage the backend (and add stuff for the additional Debian
> > Hmmm - isn't it true that there's work at the moment towards giving
> > Debian the ability to use RedHat packages?
> It works now. Download the latest "debmake" package and run "man alien".
I need to do this. Time time time where does it go.
Thanks again for the discussion.
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