Joe McDonagh wrote:
2. The disarray of configuration files vs centralized system config dir In RH you have /etc/sysconfig. Almost every single system configuration file is under here. In Debian, anything goes.And I think this is where preference comes in; generally, if I've installed program 'bumpersticker', I can bet that it's configuration files will be under /etc/bumpersticker/bumpersticker.conf . On the off chance that it's not, I can 'dpkg -L bumpersticker' and it's location is revealed.
3. RPM vs DPKG query subsystem.apt-cache search FILE.
I just now took a look at my system , and saw a file /sbin/mii-tool and thought "hrm, what the heck does that do?"
"apt-cache search mii-tool" output: "net-tools - The NET-3 networking toolkit"
No muss, no fuss. Of course, you could always try the following command
Google- mii-tool Debian
The first hit listed "Debian -- Details of package net-tools in lenny"
I've found many unfamiliar package descriptions to be as cryptic as the file names themselves, so I figure if I'm going to have to hit the search engine anyway I'll cut out the middle man. And there's the most effective search here: http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages#search_contents
Before all of Debian users pass a brick, this is mostly preference, except #1 is pretty hard to deny that RH makes your life a *lot* easier in that dept.Better verses worse debates are often ugly. Comparing any Linux distro is like comparing fuji apples to golden delicious. I'm just pointing out that a system always gets easier to use when you become more familiar with how it works.