"Installing and removing programs on your computer can be a
little complicated. The software package manager RPM allows you to
install, remove and keep tabs on your software in a simple
"RPM (RedHat Package Manager) is a program for installing
programs. It was developed by RedHat with the aim of simplifying
the distribution of pre-compiled software: in other words, software
that you do not need to compile before you install it. RPM is
especially useful for software companies that distribute GNU/Linux
(DISTRIB) and have to deal with thousands of files. RedHat, SuSE
and Caldera all distribute their products in RPM format. GNU/Linux
users have the advantages of being able to not only install their
programs more easily, but also install and keep tabs on their
"This is a summary of the important features of the RPM
RPM makes installing, updating and removing software
RPM analyses what "dependencies" the program to install has on
other programs or libraries, in order to work correctly. For
example, the software A needs the software or library B to be in
the system, in order to work properly.
RPM keeps information about installed packages in a database.
This means that you can know exactly what is installed on your
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