Who maintains RPM?
Posted Aug 23, 2006 7:19 UTC (Wed) by rsidd
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It's in the LSB so all distros have to support it, right?
This is a slightly ridiculous situation. Back when the LSB idea came up, everyone did use RPM, except Debian which only a few geeks used anyway, and Slackware which hardly had package management. So requiring RPM in the LSB may have made some sort of sense.
Today the situation is different: most of the newer distributions (Ubuntu, Linspire, Xandros, Mepis, ...) have chosen to base themselves on Debian and its package management system. Clearly this was for technological reasons and not for marketing reasons. It makes no sense to require these distributions to support RPM. Debian is a standard of its own, that has survived and thrived on its technical merits, not by being imposed top-down.
A few years ago, Debian had a forbidding reputation, and RPM hell was one of the factors that drove me to FreeBSD. Then I discovered (via Knoppix) how easy Debian really was, and moved back. Now I use Ubuntu.
If Red Hat and SuSE could figure out a way to switch to deb and apt, and abandon RPM altogether, the linux world would be a better place.
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