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Old 12-21-2017, 09:53 PM   #1
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RPM distro with the most software available


My question here is: which RPM-based distro has the most software available?

I realize that RPM packages are in theory distro-neutral but in practice this doesn't always ring true, so I'm just wondering which one lists the most software.
 
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Not sure anyone can offer an answer. One can look at the default software in the package management for some number. However there are thousands of .rpm packages and not all will work on some distro or level.

My wild guess might be Fedora.


Not sure I'd agree that rpm are distro neutral. Maybe Snaps are. Java was claimed to be write once run everywhere.
 
Old 12-21-2017, 10:28 PM   #3
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Not sure anyone can offer an answer. One can look at the default software in the package management for some number. However there are thousands of .rpm packages and not all will work on some distro or level.

My wild guess might be Fedora.


Not sure I'd agree that rpm are distro neutral. Maybe Snaps are. Java was claimed to be write once run everywhere.
My understanding is that when RPM packaging was created it was supposed to be distro neutral (as opposed to DEB packaging which never assumed that). I don't think that that is the way it works now but I thought that it was the original intent.

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Old 12-22-2017, 11:33 AM   #4
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My understanding is that when RPM packaging was created it was supposed to be distro neutral (as opposed to DEB packaging which never assumed that). I don't think that that is the way it works now but I thought that it was the original intent.
It's almost the other way round! The package layout is the same on all distros that use rpm, but the difference is in their naming.

Any distro using deb packages is going to be ultimately derived from Debian, so the applications will exist in some Debian repository and so will their dependencies. On the other hand, the many rpm distros all have independent repositories with their own ideas on names. If you made an rpm of a Python program on Fedora, it will have python and python-libs as dependencies; if you did it on OpenSUSE, the dependency would be python-base!
 
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RPM is the LSB standard package format.
 
Old 12-28-2017, 11:07 AM   #6
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OpenSUSE
the build service ( OBS) has many repos and for even fedora and rhel anad Debian
https://build.opensuse.org/

https://software.opensuse.org/find

to see the repos -
https://download.opensuse.org/repositories/

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You always have an ability to run software outside of your distro by using the common package means. There are tons of rpms and debs out there not part of official or default sources. This means that one could also cause a security issue.
 
  


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