the 'which distro' question

Net Llama! netllama
Fri Mar 2 08:51:07 PST 2007

On Fri, 2 Mar 2007, Tony Alfrey wrote:
> Alma J Wetzker wrote:
> <snip>
>>  I run gentoo for my server and my main machine.  (Although I
>> have let it get so far out of date that I must do a reinstall soon.
>> Almost five years is a pretty good stretch for a modern distro, I think.)
> I looked at the Gentoo site for a minute.  It uses some gadget called
> Portage for installing packages.  But I can't find anything about rpm.
> I must have something that is happy with rpm, if for no other reason
> than that there are 10 gazillion applications out there that have rpm's.
>  What do you think:  does Portage know rpm?

No.  Just like RPM doesn't know DEBs and DEBs don't know RPM.  They're 
packaging formats/systems, and they generally aren't aware of any other 

If you really want to use RPMs, then you're going down a road of pain & 
suffering by trying to use a distro which doesn't natively use RPMs for 
its packages.

Lonni J Friedman                        netllama at

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