the 'which distro' question

Tony Alfrey tonyalfrey
Fri Mar 2 09:46:23 PST 2007

Net Llama! wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Mar 2007, Tony Alfrey wrote:

>>  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 
> format/system.
> 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.

I did expect that might be the case.
There's this thing called 'alien' that Debian puts out that I looked at 
for a few minutes on Google that supposedly lets one install rpms on 
debian-based boxes.  Do you have any experience with that?

Tony Alfrey
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