Derek Broughton news at
Mon Sep 17 16:40:31 UTC 2007

Liam Proven wrote:

> On 17/09/2007, musicman <datakid at> wrote:
>> eg: debian uses the apt package management system, redhat uses rpm,
>> SUSE uses YaST, gentoo uses emerge (I think that's all correct). Note
>> that 5 years ago this was an issue, but these days most distros come
>> with a "install with other system's package manager".
> Er, no.

Er, yes?
> Yes, there's a port of APT to RPM. Yes, GUI package-admin tools can
> often work on different systems. Yes, Debian derivatives come with
> Alien to handle RPM packages. But it is not remotely mix-and-match
> yet.

I haven't tried to install .debs on other types of system, but certainly
installing .rpms on Debian-based systems is, at least "remotely",
mix-and-match.  I wouldn't want to do it for more than a couple of
packages, max, but I've not had trouble with the few rpms I have installed
via alien.

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