[Gllug] Debian or Fedora

Paul Nasrat pauln at truemesh.com
Mon Feb 23 12:16:28 UTC 2004

On Mon, Feb 23, 2004 at 07:36:45PM +0800, Hong Chyr wrote:
> Hi all
> 2. I read somewhere that Fedora is "based on Debian". Is that a fact?
> Does Fedora use RPM or Deb?

Fedora is the descendant of Red Hat Linux


Hence it uses rpm with yum or up2date for depsolving. apt-rpm is also
available and is not in the core distro yet. You might want to research
a bit before posting such statements.  Google is your friend here.

> Correct me if I'm wrong, but there seemed to be a general consensus
> that RPM is crap at dependencies management and APT is better. Is that
> still the case with the enhanced RPM tools out there? 

rpm isn't a depsolver (lets ignore --aid for the moment as most people
don't use it), apt isn't a package manager.  Abuse of a tool, which is
really doesn't mean it's crap. 

There is a lot of good things about apt - particularly the recent
versions using rpmlib.  I really like the lua support amongst other
things.  Likewise there are a lot of good things about yum and up2date.
RPM has a lot of good features, and likewise so does dpkg.

There is a lot of cross distro communication within the package
management and dep solving community.  At the moment everyone is going
to have fun with selinux too - strict policy seperating download and
installation is what Russell Coker is pushing for on both Debian and
Fedora, but that's another story.

I can only suggest you try several distributions and play with the dep
solvers, factoring other (possibly non-technical) aspects and make your
choice.  But I'd ask you please actually think about the questions you
ask - try reading this


Then reread your questions.

> So Debian or Fedora?

Whatever works for you.  

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