Difference of Ubuntu to Other Linux Distribution

Adriano Varoli Piazza moranar at gmail.com
Wed Apr 19 10:30:18 UTC 2006

On 4/19/06, Daniel Carrera <daniel.carrera at zmsl.com> wrote:
> There are two major groups:
> * RPM distros: Red Hat, Mandriva, SuSE.
> * DEB distros: Debian, Ubuntu, MEPIS, Knoppix, Linspire.
> The package manager commands between these distros are different:
> * RPM distros use the command 'rpm' to install software.

I'd say "rpm-based distros have different software installers, where
yum or up2date for redhat, yast for suse, and urpmi for mandriva, are
examples". rpm is the equivalent of dpkg, not of apt-get.

> * DEB distros use the command 'apt-get' to install software.
> Mandriva has also made a 'urpmi' program.

As above.
This is in my opinion caused by the fact that most rpm-based
distributions are commercial, where most deb based distros aren't.
This meant that each company tried to do their own rpm package
manager. There's also the fact that debian was then, in developer's
terms, much bigger than the other deb-based distros, where red hat,
suse and others were more or less equivalent, and furthermore focused
in different parts of the world.

Thus ends the history lesson.
Adriano Varoli Piazza
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