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Re: [SLE] Installing other distros RPM packages?
  • From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 23:08:42 +0100
  • Message-id: <428130EA.6060402@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Ken Schneider wrote:
On Tue, 2005-05-10 at 08:29 -0500, Peter B Van Campen wrote:

On Tuesday 10 May 2005 05:04, Silviu Marin-Caea wrote:

On Monday 09 May 2005 11:12, Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC) wrote:

Basically the question revolves around location, location, location.

But not the only important thing.

Another is libraries.

However, other generic rpms like acroread, BitTorrent, ICAClient will work.
Except many of them won't create menu entries in the right places (if at


Doesn't LSB (Linux Standard Base) compliance figure into this question too?


Yes, that was the whole purpose but try and get everyone to agree on
what is the standard location. Just one more reason holding back linux
from being more widespread.

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 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.
Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Keen licensed Private Pilot
Retired IBM Mainframes and Sun Servers Tech Support Specialist
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