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Re: [SLE] Installing other distros RPM packages?
  • From: Kevanf1 <kevanf1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 10:06:12 +0100
  • Message-id: <7bca46c5050511020679c976df@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 5/10/05, Sid Boyce <sboyce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I very much doubt you'd get the various distros to agree a standard way
> of doing things, UnitedLinux was the one hope, but now it's every distro
> for itself, trying to relive the Unix experience for sure -- lemmings
> are destined to forever walk off cliffs and die.
> The kernel is the one strand that's stopping a proper set of forks. What
> we need is a set of interoperability checks and certification that a
> standard application set will run across all distros and a distro is not
> shipped until it's certified.
> Some weeks ago I downloaded a RedHat/Fedora source rpm which built and
> installed fine on SuSE 9.2, it just didn't run. You also saw my example
> of trying to install the Mandriva version of cooledit on SuSE 9.3.
> Look at http://www.skype.com/products/skype/linux/ to see the nonsense
> that Skype has to go through for each distro, at least a number of
> distros had the good sense to base themselves on Debian, possibly one
> reason why Munich went Debian after SuSE/IBM had done all the hard work.
> Regards
> Sid.
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It must also have the effect of stopping hardware manufacturers from
producing drivers for Linux. This is something that I hadn't really
thought of before but it makes a bit of sense. But, just to
contradict myself the same manufacturers have had to produce very
different drivers for the various flavours of M$ software over the
years. Some have drivers for 9* series, Win2k and XP. I'm sure Linux
drivers would not have to be that much different. Or am I wrong in
this assumption?

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