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Old 06-18-2015, 07:30 PM   #1
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came across this statement and just wondered

hi guys

came across this statement when looking for pdf reader for debian...
"foxit in windows. whatever works and is available in ubuntu. I usually install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package so i think I get the binary version."

whats a binary version? whats the benefit? didnt understand this...

is it that he/she will have a binary file that can be a dpk? or rpm in red hat...but whats the difference with installing from the cli vs binary packages?

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Old 06-18-2015, 07:58 PM   #2
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The post referenced above is a general definition.

In the OP's case, what he's most likely referring to is a proprietary binary, a program for which the source code is not available. It is run like any other program installed, and he/she will not know the difference.

deb and rpms are not binaries. They are package formats. You do not run them.


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