Originally Posted by seablade
Uh Chipart the RPM problems I refer to have to do with manual install of RPMs.
I'm curious: to what package are you referring? WHEN was this? Obviously, you have to trust the person who packaged the rpm. Some non-mainstream source could nuke you.
Again, I'm not trying to sell rpm's to anyone. The flaws with the system are well known. But they are much easier to avoid now than they were even, say, a year ago.
|Not to mention that one of the great things about debian/apt or gentoo/portage(Mainly debian) is that you dont HAVE to install it, it is already there and integrated into the system.
This, then, becomes a distro philosophy issue, not an RPM one. For example, many of us know how RH stopped shipping all kinds of media libraries (think: mp3) because of patent concerns. It's great that those are still in, say, Debian, but companies who purchase Linux need some assurance that they're not going to wake up to $Xm lawsuit. See the SCO issues from last year, as well.
Which makes Linux all the more cool. You can choose the distro that suits your needs...if you're running for yourself, on a desktop, you can do verrrrry different things than if you have to support 1000s of commercial clients around the country.