deb vs. rpm vs. gem
Posted Mar 10, 2004 10:35 UTC (Wed) by jamesh
In reply to: deb vs. rpm vs. gem
Parent article: Rock Linux 2.0 released
I wasn't focusing on technical aspects of the different packaging formats. Instead, whether there are incompatible package collections available or not.
If you find a .deb on the internet, it will almost definitely work with Debian (of some version). The dependencies will point at package names that exist in Debian (rather than some other .deb based distro that has chosen a different set of package names).
If you find a .gem package on the internet now, it is almost definitely for Rock Linux.
The same is not true for RPM packages due to the number of RPM based distributions.
So having a different packaging format does have its advantages. At the same time, the fragmentation is a disadvantage. I suppose that if you are developing a new distribution, you would need to weigh up the pros and cons.
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