[svlug] RH dependencies, not using up2date

Walter Reed wreed at hubinternet.com
Sun Jul 28 10:54:47 PDT 2002


On Sun, Jul 28, 2002 at 07:32:00AM -0700, Michael Olds wrote:
<RH install problems and other issues snipped> 
> I'm looking into Linux from Scratch.

If you are a Linux newbie, installing all your apps from tarballs will
probabaly end up being a very frustrating experience. Many of the packages
require a significant amount of work to customize them for a particular set of
features, libraries, etc. Solving dependency issues can be almost as difficult
as dealing with them with rpm.

Distros such as sorcerer and gentoo assume that you are a competent UNIX admin
/ programmer. 

Frankly, Debian really shines here. You have dozens (hundreds?) of people
(package maintainers) handling the dependency issues / package configuration
tweaks for you. They also frequently add patches for security / stability
problems (RH does this too.) When you install Debian/Stable, you can be really
sure that it is indeed "stable".  Patches are released as needed for security /
stability issues. Bug fixes are frequently backported to older releases of
software to maintain consistent behavior (you don't want functionality changed
out from under you.) Packages are NOT updated just to have the latest /
greatest code.

Many of the people on svlug are long-time UNIX guru's. There is a reason so many
of them support Debian.





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