Fred wrote:I am sure it is just me, but I just never could get warmed up to an RPM based distro. When Linux Mandrake first came out I tried really hard to like it, but it just didn't happen. I ended back with Gentoo. Gentoo is anything you want it to be, but it is quite time consuming to keep up to date, if that is your desire. I just don't have the time or inclination to fool with it anymore.
I think the Debian based distros are the way forward, especially for desktops, as long as Debian can stay strong technically. Ubuntu's development efforts are a disaster in many respects. If they couldn't fall back and lean on Debian they would crash and burn over night.
I have a lot of sympathy with what you say there Fred, but for me the problem with rpm based distros is not the rpm format itself but the hopeless gui tools they have invented to work with it. Yast package manager is by far the worst, but rpmdrake (mandriva) is not that special either. The point about pclos is that they have obviously taken that on board and provided synaptic which is the only gui package manager that matters.
On the command line (which I use but do not like) it is a different tale, because Mandriva's urpmi is better than apt-get.
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