Why I'm using Fedora
Posted May 5, 2004 19:03 UTC (Wed) by brouhaha
In reply to: Revealed: how Fedora and the community interact
Parent article: Revealed: how Fedora and the community interact
I can`t understand why people use it?
Because I ran RHL before, and upgrading to Fedora Core 1 was trivial. Switching to Debian, SuSE, or Mandrake would be a lot more work.
I've been keeping an eye on Debian, as I'm a big fan of their hard line stance on freedom, but their stable distribution is ridiculously out of date, and the last time my friend Mike and I tried to install it, we got fed up with the obscure and complicated questions the installer asked. Mike and I each have more than twenty years of Unix experience, but some of the questions stumped both of us.
I'm told the new Debian installer is much better, so someday when Sarge is released I'll give it a try.
On the other hand, I'm quite interested in SEL, and it appears that Fedora Core 2 will be the first major distribution to support it.
Most people seem to think that dpkg is much better than RPM, but as a software developer I disagree. It appears to me that a dpkg can contain exactly one source tarball and exactly one patch. That means that if I want to package up something with multiple patches, I have to mash the patches all together. Then when a new base release of the software I'm packaging needs only a subset of the original patches, and a few new ones, it's a royal pain to repackage it. Plus, that makes it much harder for someone else to take my dpkg and build a new one with a different set of patches. RPM seems like a clear winner here. Of course, most users aren't concerned with building patches, and Debian used to have an advantage for the user with apt, but now the same capabilities are available in Fedora with either yum or apt.
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