[Gllug] Fedora Core 14

Richard W.M. Jones rich at annexia.org
Tue Feb 7 10:37:20 UTC 2012

On Mon, Feb 06, 2012 at 04:27:13PM +0000, Rob Crowther wrote:
> On 06/02/12 14:23, David Damerell wrote:
> >On Friday, 3 Feb 2012, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
> >>Is the debian package manager just better than redhat's, or was I just
> >>unlucky with Redhat?
> >
> >That kind of problem tends to be caused by bogus package metadata (the
> >information which says what package A depends on, conflicts with, etc)
> >not by the package manager per se.
> >
> I think that the main advantage Debian has is that all the packages
> are in 'official' repositories.  For Fedora/RedHat you have to
> invoke third party repos for stuff like MP3/4 support.  Although the
> last Fedora installer I ran did allow you to add third party repos
> at install time.

There is one external repo (rpmfusion), and it's kept synchronized
with the main Fedora repo.  This situation is effectively no different
from how Debian packages patented and non-free things.

In any case it is done for legal, not technical reasons.  A billion
dollar company with a head office in the US cannot and does not
sponsor a project that includes patented codecs and suchlike, given
the madness of the US patent system.


Richard Jones
Red Hat
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