Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by kellyclan, Oct 7, 2003.
apt-get DOES > *.updates
No more RHN for me.
another one converted
I'm finding YaST to be pretty awesome at the moment (decided to install SuSE instead of Debian in the end), but maybe I'll have to give Debian a try sometime.
another little known truth:
emerge > apt-get
*runs and hides behind his gentoo box*
cant get me behind here!
You don't need debian to use apt-get. You can download an rpm-based version of the same tool at http://apt-rpm.tuxfamily.org/
I've used it since Redhat 7.1, I think. And it definitely > *updates. The best option is apt-get dist-upgrade - it updates all installed packages to the newest versions.
Is apt-get similar to RHN where it keeps all your packages up to date?
What's better about it?
It's better because it doesn't just get security updates. You can use it that way, updating everything, but you can also use it to install generic software that isn't part of the distribution. And it automatically resolves all dependencies. Basically eliminating the hassle where you download blah.rpm, try to install it, and get an error saying that libfoo.so.0 was not found. So you download foo.rpm, try to install it, and get another error because it requires bar.so.1. And so on, until you smash your computer and use the bits as an abacus, because they never need shared libraries.
For example, the command
# apt-get install mplayer
downloads about 20 packages and installs them in the right order so that everything goes in just right.
It's just super convenient. The only drawback is that the prog you're trying to apt-get needs to be in a repository. But the good news is that the apt-rpm repositories have most of the good software you'll be after.
YaST does the same thing on SuSE too. Not quite as automated (asks you if it should install dependencies), but still quite nice. Same kind of depository too, nicest thing is all the packages in it are compiled for SuSE so you're guaranteed compatibility.
I have yet to see something as nice as apt.
i love YaST also, very nice setup, and suse has had it for quite some time
i haven't even gotten X installed yet. Working on it though, learning alot in the process.
And i'm actually still using RH9. Just installed apt for it.
Just for kicks, since you have apt working, maybe you could try using apt to install KDE or Gnome. If it's as good as I think it is, it should grab all the X packages for you.
gentoo is a superior version of linux, not a gui.
it took me this long to get apt-get working on RH9, and I'm in love. anyone know the name of the pcmcia card drivers? I get a kernel panic anytime i try to load the default ones at start-up.
it's probably using the default kernel driver. You can try pcmcia-cs. That's the other big pcmcia package.
i know. i have gentoo installed on one of the several computers littering my desk right now. i don't have a GUI installed on my Gentoo box yet.
Joe, i have apt on my RH box right now, still fiddling around with emerge on the Gentoo box.