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eWeek: Red Carpet Eases Pain of Red Hat RPM Management

May 28, 2003, 07:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

"For those who are new to Linux, managing software installations and updates can seem daunting, even chaotic, without a Windows-style double-click installer in sight.

"The culprit here is the tendency of Linux to keep one's options open, and more choices usually means more complexity. While the opportunity to enjoy fuller control of your computing is one of the reasons people choose Linux, tedious software installs aren't anyone's idea of fun.

"The RPM package management system that ships with my current desktop Linux distribution of choice, Red Hat Linux 9, is pretty good at keeping things organized under the covers. It's interfacing with RPM that can prove tricky, since neither option that Red Hat offers for managing software packages with RPM fully suits me..."

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