What's all the hype over Ubuntu?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 21:05:25 UTC 2008

Ian Chapman wrote:
>>>  Well something else to throw into the pot along with the other answers,
>>>  on several occasions I've heard Ubuntu fans cite the fact it doesn't 
>>> use
>>>  rpm (ubuntu uses deb) as one of the main reasons they use it because
>>>  they don't like the "dependency hell" of rpm. Personally I think that
>>>  view is at best outdated but each to their own. :-)
>> It's a ridiculous view point as in terms of dependencies rpms and debs
>> are almost equivalent.
> Well I've never extensively used any deb based distro but then I've been 
> pretty stuck with RH and friends for about that last 10 years since 
> starting out with RH 5.1 rough cuts on an Amiga of all things :) But I 
> must admit, I never really understood that viewpoint as yum has 
> basically eliminated "dependency hell" and wondered what was magically 
> different about deb.

Try to find something that isn't included in the standard repository. 
With fedora, you won't even find the names of additional repositories 
documented, so you ask here.  You'll get several different answers and 
if you are looking for Sun Java, none of them will apply.  For anything 
else, like vlc or the Nvidia driver, you add all the recommended repos 
and tell yum to install something and you'll get rpm conflicts.   With 
ubuntu, you enable the pre-configured extra repositories, pick what you 
want and you are ready to run it.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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