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Linuxcare: Arne Flones: Climbing Mount Debian

Mar 14, 2000, 19:06 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Arne W. Flones)

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"This week I will talk aboug upgrading a Debian system. The computer in question is my old Cyrix Pentium-class machine, which sits in our guest room. I use this machine for quick and dirty tasks while the rest of the family uses it as their primary machine."

"I first tried Debian after last summer's LinuxWorld Expo in San Jose. I had been hearing good things about the distribution for quite some time. Since I had a computer that needed a Linux upgrade, I thought Debian might do the trick. It did and I was sold."

"The first Debian advantage is the way that precompiled programs are distributed and installed. Like Red Hat, Debian uses prepackaged software bundles. Although Debian's system is incompatible with the more popular Red Hat alternative, many consider Debian's system to be far superior. The reason? Debian probably has the best tool for upgrading in the business. There is very little to do but type in a command or two. Certainly there is no need for anything that remotely resembles a user interface. The single program, apt-get, does the trick."

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