[Gllug] Debian or Fedora

Bruce Richardson itsbruce at uklinux.net
Mon Feb 23 12:37:18 UTC 2004

On Mon, Feb 23, 2004 at 12:19:51PM +0000, Martin wrote:
> apt is a complete intergrated package management system. so is rpm.

This is quite inaccurate.  rpm is a low-level package manager, designed
to manage the local package database and manipulate individual packages.
In that it is the exact equivalent of Debian's dpkg.  Both tools are
limited in what they can do to resolve dependencies by that local

Apt is a high-level package management tool, designed both as a
front-end to dpkg and a tool for synchronising the local package
database with arbitrary remote package archives.  It is quite unfair to
compare that with rpm.  Compare apt with yum or urpmi, instead, since
those tools are aimed at the same level.  It is valid to point out that
the Red Hat stable of distributions hasn't yet produced a tool with the
maturity of Apt, but that isn't going to be true for much longer.


I unfortunately do not know how to turn cheese into gold.
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