Why I'm using Fedora
Posted May 6, 2004 12:51 UTC (Thu) by pizza
In reply to: Why I'm using Fedora
Parent article: Revealed: how Fedora and the community interact
I'm not sure what debhelper does (help automate package construction?), but there is an 'rpmlint' that at least catches the aggregious errors in your .spec files.
The concept behind SRPMs is that it is entierely self-contained; everything that goes into the final package is found inside the SRPM; no external files (save the build dependencies) are needed. And SRPMs can include an effectilvely arbitrary number of individial "source" and "patch" files.
Your version control problem sounds more like an artifact of how you create and maintain packages rather than anything inherent to the packaging format; after all keeping old version of .dpkgs wholly intact is going to create much the same repository scope as .[s]rpms, eh?
Debian's advantages over everything else stem from three things -- policy, policy, policy. From a technical aspect (eg dpkg vs rpm) however, things are pretty much level, with strengths and weaknesses stemming from the slated goals of the distribution.
I personally use RH/FC because I have to do the least amount of work to get the system set up and running how I like -- and the majority of said work is always working around the boneheaded policies of the distro. So naturally I chose the distro whose inherent boneheadedness maps the closest to mine.
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