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asked 2015-03-26 05:13:22 -0500

m4heshd gravatar image

Which one is more user friendly for a day to day user?

Is there any lack of application distribution in rpm?

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answered 2015-03-26 06:06:13 -0500

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Surely this is a loaded question on a Fedora help site?

With my Fedora blinkers on, then the answers are surely... .rpm is better that .deb, everyone knows that. And there is no lack of application distribution for me - I have all the apps I need.

But without Fedora blinkers, the question is largely unanswerable. The .rpm v .deb debate is a subject of much trolling. In practice there are very few differences in the day to day use, although there are differences in some of the fundamental approaches. In the end, you pays your money, you takes your choice. Just use the one you're most comfortable with.

In terms of lack of application distribution? Well, Debian is renown for it's huge list of available apps. They're not all licensed cleanly, and there are a lot of obscure ones. This approach isn't used by Fedora, who have strict licence type limits and keep the applications in the core repositories to those that are well-maintained. This gives core Debian and core Fedora hugely different scope of available packages. But Fedora has trusted 3rd party repositories that bridge a lot of this gap.

And finally, it's not just about Fedora/RedHat and Debian/Ubuntu... rpm is used by OpenSUSE and others, .deb is used by loads of distributions.

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This answer is more & more descriptive than i expected. Really really helpful. Thank you.

m4heshd gravatar imagem4heshd ( 2015-03-26 06:23:48 -0500 )edit

Very nice answer @cobra. Thanks.

deadrat gravatar imagedeadrat ( 2015-03-26 16:05:24 -0500 )edit

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