Originally posted by ronss
i wonder why red hat has opted for the rpm package manager when they could use apt-get.
Well, you confuse the package format and the package management front-ends. RPM, despite its name, is primarly a package format plus the necessary package management back-end. The "rpm" tool is part of the RPM suite, but is not needed by applications which use the RPM Library directly. On the contrary, APT is a front-end and not a package format. On Debian GNU/Linux, it works with the .deb package format. APT-RPM is APT ported to the RPM format (a port done by Conectiva and contributors).