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Old 03-08-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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What is the difference between rpm and deb downloads?


For my Ubuntu I need a lot of new downloads. I often see (rpm) and (deb) downloads. What is the difference? Thanks, - AlexBB
 
Old 03-08-2014, 08:52 PM   #2
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rpm is designed for Red Hat based distributions. deb is designed for Debian based distributions. Really, they both contain all the same information, just in different ways.
 
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:53 PM   #3
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*.rpm ("Redhat Package Manager") is the package format used for Red Hat and distributions based on Red Hat. In addition, some distros not directly based on Red Hat also use *.rpm format.

*.deb is the format used for Debian and distros based on Debian (of which Ubuntu is one). For your Ubuntu system, you would need *.deb.

In most cases, you should be able to find the software you need already in Ubuntu's repositories (commonly referred to as "repos"). I think it's now called the "Software Center."

If you can find the software in the repos, it's better to get it from them than to download it from random websites, as it gets tested before it goes in the repos. This article gives a good intro to package management on Linux: http://www.howtogeek.com/117579/htg-...work-on-linux/

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Old 03-08-2014, 09:08 PM   #4
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Before you go on a hunt for any deb packages, make sure you have checked whether the program is not in Ubuntu repositories.
 
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For my Ubuntu I need a lot of new downloads.
Why?

99% of what you need should already be in the Software Center. For the other 1% you can usually find a PPA.

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Old 03-09-2014, 05:23 AM   #6
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For my Ubuntu I need a lot of new downloads. I often see (rpm) and (deb) downloads. What is the difference? Thanks, - AlexBB
If you want to install new apps like vlc, I think you should install debian packages on your Ubuntu.
rpm and deb packages is difference, rpm for Red Hat Linux distribution and deb for Debian Linux Distribution.
If you want to install rpm packages for your Ubuntu, you should install alien packages for convert rpm packages to deb packages.
 
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Thank you very much who contributed. It answers my question.
 
  


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