> The answer is that all dpkg systems are Debian derivatives, and as such abide by Debian conventions. But rpm systems are NOT RH derivatives (indeed, iirc, rpm was originally written by/for Caldera!!!). And SuSE pre-dates RedHat, but they're both rpm ...
I'm not sure what universe you are from, but this is not the case. ;)
RPM was not orig written by/for Caldera.
SuSE Does predate Red Hat, but they didn't start using RPM until further down the road.