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Red Hat Magazine: The Story of RPM

Feb 12, 2007, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Frye)

"If you’re reading this article in Red Hat Magazine, it’s hard to imagine that you don’t know the story of RPM, the package manager that is the core of so much of Red Hat’s Linux experience. From a beginner’s first installation to the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developer’s latest Fedora release, RPM is inherently part of the Linux user interaction. But what happens when a core piece of software suffers from politics and agendas, cruft, and bad decisionsâ€"or no decisions at all?

"RPM has endured a little of each and is now at a crossroads. This article examines some of the decisions, indecisions, and bungles that led to the current state of RPM..."

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