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I'm currently running Slackware 10 with kernel 126.96.36.199 on my laptop. I've heard good things about Debian, and I am considering trying it out. I've heard its the "hardest" distro to use, but I'm not too concerned about that. I do, however, have a few questions.
My main reason for wanting to switch is the apt-get package manager. Slackware currently has a few programs that mimic the program, swaret and slapt-get, but they don't really compare to what I've seen on Debian or even some Fedora boxes that run apt-get. I do have a couple concerns, however. I guess you could consider me to be a "neat freak" when it comes to computers. When I am installing a program, I want to make sure that there is a simple way to remove the program afterwards and "clean up" if something were to go wrong during installation, or if I just don't need the program anymore. This is sometimes a problem in Slackware, because often times there arent Slackware packages for a particular program. To get around this, there is a program called Checkinstall the you can run that makes a nice, neat slackware package out of the source files. I have noticed that Debian also has a checkinstall program, but I was wondering if it works in a similar manner. If I am trying to install a program that doesnt have a Debian package, can I run checkinstall and create a Debian package, which can later be removed easily?
Basically, to sum it all up, I'm wondering if there would ever be a time when I have to install an application from source which won't give me the option of uninstalling it later.
In fact I have just starting using Debian's net install of Sarge and it is fantastic. I have been using slackware off and on for the past year or so (whenever it was when 9 was released), and decided to try out debian on a whim. I love it so far. Apt, dpkg, synaptic, all the documentatoin on Debian itself....I'm totaly content. If you can play with Slackware, you can play with Debian and I definetly recommend checking it out. I love Slackware, in fact I cant part with it. It still runs on an old Pentium 166 that I keep around just for fun. But I am having a blast with Debian so it will be sticking around as well.
You can use dpkg to remove packages installed with checkinstall. dpkg can also list all installed packages and show into which directories individual files from a certain package have gone. See "dpkg -h" and "man dpkg" for help in using dpkg.
Last edited by Dead Parrot; 12-06-2004 at 04:05 AM.