free "enterprise" Linux distro
Posted Oct 9, 2003 14:32 UTC (Thu) by snitm
In reply to: free "enterprise" Linux distro
Parent article: An Evening with Bruce Perens
yep, RPM pretty much sucks.... unfortunately its the chosen package format/manager of the LSB.
Also, yum and apt-get (for rpm) can't hold a candle to Debian's apt-get w/ dpkg/deb on the backend. Debian packaging allows for much more package sophistication, BUT attaining that level of debian packaging sophistication has a sizeable learning curve that will likely impose some serious hurdles and doubt in the minds of existing rpm-based distribution software vendors and enterprise customers.
Its unfortunate really, but Debian has generally prided itself on making aspiring debian developers run the deb packaging guantlet in order to prove they've got the required deb-fu. That's something that'll have to be lessened; possibly by leveraging some of the build systems that are coming into light from developers in the debian community.
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