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Re: [SuSE Linux] Fwd: Re: RPM (was gtk+)
- From: sbronson@xxxxxxxxxx (Scott Bronson)
- Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 13:00:27 +0100
- Message-id: <36A3225B.F838A684@xxxxxxxxxx>
> You spent a lot of time learning it, so I shouldn't
> bad mouth them, I should happily adopt the system.
Nobody is saying you MUST use RPMs, but I do see them pointing out where
some mistaken things were said regarding the use of RPMs. You're free
to use whatever install method you like. Gotta love Linux.
> Anyways, most of the
> Redhat rpm's won't work on Suse, even after Suse moves to glibc.
> So most of us will probably be using redhat source rpm's anyhow,
> which is about the same as a tarball download. So I'm
> not being "forced" into anything.
SuSE adopted the RPM format for their whole system. This is, IMO, a
good thing. Reduces the amount of time I need to install and maintain
However, in doing so, I believe that SuSE has an obligation to keep
their RPMs up to date. Currently, they are not. Therefore, I have
resorted to installing new software using Red Hat RPMs. I could install
the tarballs, of course, but I find that installing RH RPMs on SuSE is
easier (most of the time it just involves a symlink or two).
I find this lack of attention from SuSE a little frightening. I've been
using rufus.w3.org since SuSE says nothing about new RPMs (only bug
fixes) on their web site, and most of the SuSE RPMs there are already
out of date.
> I guess time will tell. How long do you think it will
> be before warnings are issued about some rpm that contains
> a trojan?
There have already been tarball trojans. Nobody reads every line of
source before they make install. Few people even scour the makefile.
As always, caveat installer.
My guess is that PGP/MD5-verified RPMs from Red Hat and SuSE will never
have trojans--both companies are very good about the software they
pick. If they do mistakenly ship a trojan, you can bet their customers
will hear about it and the fix very quickly.
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