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    hey guys, I was wondering if anybody knew of a linux distribution that has a package management system. I know that Lunar Linux has a pretty unique operating method, in which you install a sort of basic system and then download components (called modules) that you want from from their network (which they call a Moonbase - a pretty cool feature), but I can't seem to find anybody else that has a comparable structure. Any names come to mind?

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    Almost all distros have their own package management system.
    Here's some of the various package managers/formats:

    Gentoo -- Portage/.ebuild
    RedHat/Fedora -- RPM
    SuSE -- YaST/RPM
    Mandrake -- urpmi/RPM
    Debian -- APT/.deb
    Slackware -- pkgtool/.tgz
    Gobo -- "Recipes"
    Archlinux -- pacman

    That list is by no means exhaustive either.

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    the best two that I know of are Debian and Gentoo...Debian uses the apt-get system and Gentoo uses portage...both work very well, Gentoo's takes much longer however it will custom compile the package for your system, while debian will do it in a fraction of the time. For examples of each say that you just want to install firefox, you don't have to find the package or anything, just pop open a terminal and in Gentoo you would type

    emerge mozilla-firefox

    In debian you would type:

    apt-get install mozilla-firefox


    its that simple...and both have, I think, almost 20,000 packages, pretty much anything yoiu would want to install...
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    Quote Originally Posted by genesus
    its that simple...and both have, I think, almost 20,000 packages, pretty much anything yoiu would want to install...
    Actually I think Gentoo has more like 9 thousand packages, with about 20K versions in all.
    I don't think there exists 20,000 packages out there!

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    Arch, Debian, and Gentoo have the best package management setups in place, in my opinion. I really enjoy using Arch the most but also run the other two distros.

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    I think apt-get rpm for Fedora/RH is very much overlooked. It works as well as apt-get Debian, only not as may packages. Apt-get rpm with Fedora is very hard to beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan
    I think apt-get rpm for Fedora/RH is very much overlooked. It works as well as apt-get Debian, only not as may packages. Apt-get rpm with Fedora is very hard to beat.
    Not as many packages? What are they missing? If you get hooked up with Dag, you'll get just about anything you need.

    http://dag.wieers.com/packages/
    2166 programs for you - that enough?

    When Synaptic, the gui-interface to apt, is updated for FC4, things will be most excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan
    I think apt-get rpm for Fedora/RH is very much overlooked. It works as well as apt-get Debian, only not as may packages. Apt-get rpm with Fedora is very hard to beat.
    I've never understood why people want apt-get instead of yum on Fedora machines. Yum comes preinstalled with the system, is very capable, and there are lots of packages out there. Not only in the standard Fedora repos, but also in Livna and Dag's repositories, if you configure them.

    What do you get with apt-get that you don't get with yum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolda2000
    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper Dan
    I think apt-get rpm for Fedora/RH is very much overlooked. It works as well as apt-get Debian, only not as may packages. Apt-get rpm with Fedora is very hard to beat.
    I've never understood why people want apt-get instead of yum on Fedora machines. Yum comes preinstalled with the system, is very capable, and there are lots of packages out there. Not only in the standard Fedora repos, but also in Livna and Dag's repositories, if you configure them.

    What do you get with apt-get that you don't get with yum?
    What does YUM offer over Apt-get RPM? Apt-get RPM comes with Synaptic which is very handy for users who are not yet comfortable with the terminal.

    Besides, it's all about choice. I prefer apt-get over yum, and I've used both for a number of years.

    As far as the number of packages available, Dag lists 2714 RPM packages. According to Distrowatch, Debian presently has around 8000. Do the math.
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