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Old 12-16-2004, 08:44 PM   #1
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difference between RPM and iso

when i wanted to download red hat, i could do it through by getting the iso file which i'm familiar and is what I did in order to get redhat on my system.

I was just wondering how i could install red hat if I chose to download the rpm's,


are these rpms just there if you have another linux distro (lets say Suse) and would like to install a particular porogram of red hat (lets say we choose an rpm which suse would have) so that way I can run that program under Suse?

Old 12-16-2004, 08:52 PM   #2
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not sure on what you're going for here, but i'll take a stab...

rpm = package
iso = disk image

the redhat isos should be packed with rpms... that and a install system gets you setup

you can almost think of an rpm as a windows install file for a program. that's what it accomplishes, execept that rpms (and other package formats) are system specific -- that's why their names are so long and cryptic.
--point is that i would not recommend installing a redhat rpm on a suse system... you should be able to find packages built for suse if that's what you're after... though i haven't run suse (not sure on the compatability), i'm used to different distros handling things slightly differently, and redhat tends to be in their own little world.

umm... that help?

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Old 12-28-2004, 07:37 AM   #3
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oh i see, so the RPM's could be system specific where an RPM designed for Red hat may not work on Suse or Mandrake, etc. What if I downloade the tarball, will I be able to install it on any linux distro or is each tarball like an RPM desigened for each specific distro?

Old 12-28-2004, 07:56 AM   #4
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No, tarballs can compile on any cpu and any linux distro. That's the main advantage of tarballs.
Old 12-28-2004, 07:57 AM   #5
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A tarball is basically distro-independent, but you may not have all the libraries required for installation - and it can be directed at specific parts of the system. But yes: It should be all-roundish.


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