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LinuxWorld: Make Debian the base standard - apt-get beats RPM

Feb 26, 2001, 07:36 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"apt-get, Debian's way of updating and upgrading, is the right way to resolve the dependency problems that plague the various distros and ultimately hobble Linux's ability to take over the computing world."

"Corporate IT is currently plagued by a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder known as DUH, or Dementia Upgradia Habitua. It manifests itself through the irrational assumption that the only way a company can maintain a competitive edge in productivity is to upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware and software. Since hardware and software are continually changing (change is almost always considered to be progress, of course), DUH compels corporate IT to remain in a continual state of upgrade...."

"The point is that Debian allows you to satisfy your DUH obsession easily and for free. Here's how you upgrade a Debian system: You type the command apt-get update, followed by apt-get dist-upgrade. That tells Debian to find the latest packages on the Internet; resolve their dependencies; and then download, install, and configure all the necessary packages on your machine."

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