Originally posted by meqwerty
thanks for the advise on the apt synaptic..
the gui does not interest me that much. i've tried running the rpm command line with -i and -U both without success.. same reason given..cannot find previous version of rpms..
i'm just wondering WHY? because i did a full install..
i'll try out the OSS driver for xmms 2morrow. but i'm sure, i'm not using the arts one. i read that there is a better alsa driver. can anyone comment on that?
Apt is the command line version, and Synaptic is the GUI frontend for apt. SRPMS are source files, and they need to be compiled and then installed. Binaries are already compiled, so they just need to be installed. Look on Fedora, freshmeat, and other Linux software sites to find rpms. (Note: rpm is a program that Red Hat, Fedora, and other distros based on red hat use to install 'packages', which have an rpm extension. RPM stands for R
ed Hat P
anager. To use rpm, you must know the exact name of the package, and it must have an rpm extension on the end, (You may not have to include the extension when you are running rpm, but I usually do, just in case.) With apt-get, you usually just need the name of the program. (I installed Mozilla by typing "apt-get install mozilla" at the command line, the full name of the mozilla pacakge was something like: "mozilla-i686-pc-linux-gnu-1.6-installer", but it had an extension such as rpm, tar.gz, zip... )