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Re: [tlug] Mandrake vs. Red Hat

Matt Gushee wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 05, 2002 at 01:37:36PM -0400, Josh Glover wrote:
>>Come on, "everything else is better"!? Care to quantify or qualify that 
>>statement in some way?
>>In my opinion, RPM is a much better system than dpkg / apt-foo.
> Care to quantify or qualify *that* statement in some way?

Damn. You caught me there. I was so fired up by the assault on Jim 
Breen's beloved Redhat that I lost my concentration. Actually, I 
qualified it with "in my opinion" if you want to get really technical. ;)

What I meant to say and didn't, in my moment of passion, was that I have 
not encountered the dependency cycles with RPM that I have run into with 
dpkg at times. I actually like the RPM dependency model better for its 
simplicity. True, I know a bit more about what the *real* deps are than 
the average user, and I am not afraid to use --nodeps when I know I am 

> That was one of the main reasons I switched from RH to Debian. The
> others, as I recall, were that Debian seems to take much more care to
> ensure that the software actually works before calling it ready to
> release, and that exim is the default MTA, so I could dump Sendmail
> without too much struggle.

I do not care too much about the defaults, as my first actions after an 
install are to tighten down the box. Having to rpm -e sendmail is not 
something that concerns me overly.

Josh Glover <>

Associate Systems Administrator

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