Actually, the entire thing is years out of date.<p>
These days, every serious linux-distro provides package-management that deals with dependencies.<p>
It is true that people *used*to* complain about this years ago, but these days the only reason you'll see more incompatibilities and messed dependencies for *rpm than for *deb is that there's a lot of different distros using rpm, and basically only debian using deb.<p>
Thus you risk getting stupidity when trying for example to install a redhat-rpm on mandrake. Perhaps redhat uses foo-1.2.70 and the redhat-package you want to install depends on it, while mandrake has upgraded to foo-1.4.3, and kept on the older one as foo12.70 for compatibility-reasons.<p>
End result; the package will claim that you ain't got foo >= 1.2.70, even though you do. This ain't an rpm-problem but a problem caused by different distros giving different names to the same stuff.<p>
"urpmi gimp" does exactly the same thing as "apt-get install gimp" and urpmi --auto-select does the same as whatever command the debianers use to update all packages to the latest version.
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