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Just to be difficult, I'll offer another option: use the Debian family and apt/synaptic. I believe the repositories have more stuff and the package management system is better. YMMV
I agree to a point, the other day I booted up an old installation of Woody that had been upgraded to Sarge, it had'nt been booted up in 435 days so I went to fetch updates and applied them. All hell broke loose and I was left with CLI that could'nt do nothing but produce errors. More than likely because of some of the original Woody packages that are so far out of date. I have on that computer Mandrake 10.1 also, to this day urpmi has never produced errors on Mandrake 10, 10.1, or 10.2. It does not try to apply packages from a newer distribution like synaptic did to my Sarge. The analogy there appears to be that if you want a newer version of a package on an old distro, you take your chances with source install, you won't get it from Mandrake after support/upgrades come to a halt. When I upgraded my Woody to Sarge, Sarge was classified as "testing", now it is stable, it appeared synaptic tried to apply Etch "testing" packages to my Sarge with allot of Woody base packages. Packages from three distributions. So I had to put Woody/Sarge to rest and got Etch
EDIT: It could be the repositories I had in that old installation that had "testing" in them that caused the problems when doing updates, where as with Mandrake, the only repositories one would generally include are distribution specific.
Last edited by Junior Hacker; 02-27-2007 at 11:13 PM.
Thank you for the pointers in the right direction. There is quite a bit for me to take in. I must admit that I wasn't aware how precisely Yum worked deep down inside, especially with respect to the RPMs. I have removed Firefox and many other programs (note to Junior Hacker, I am trying to update the entire system). I will now begin the process of reinstalling everything, starting from the latest dependencies.
From what I have gathered on my system, the problem seems to stem from the library 'libsvrg2.i386' which gets automatically installed on x86_64 systems and is virtually impossible to remove.
The Red Hat name is well renowned in an office setting with many computers/servers. I feel they adopted Mandriva's strategy by offering two or more versions of their system. If you ran a business with many computers, you would not have the time to deal with this. If Fedora worked like a charm and did not waste your time, would you spend money on Red Hat Enterprise?. Or would you be more likely to put the free Fedora in your systems?.
Well, in that case can anyone recommend a good distribution to install on my x86_64 machine? I know that this request may open a can of worms in the linux community ;-) Ideally I'd like one that can help me do development work, shell scripting, etc (and has good hardware detection, too!).
I have heard of other OS's (e.g. PC-BSD and MEPIS), but I'm not sure whether they are compatible with other linux-based operating systems.