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Old 01-14-2005, 10:56 PM   #1
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Best rpm based distro for installing/upgrading software easily?


I have tried a few rpm based distros...a long time ago...and ran into dependency hell ALL the time. It was horribly annoying. Anyway, I know of a few managers that seem nice...I know there's apt, yum, urpmi, and whatever suse uses. I tried suse awhile ago, it was okay...but it didn't seem to handle software too well. I had trouble. I've heard good things about mandrake's urpmi?

Anyway, what is everyone's favorite? What rpm distro handles installing software and upgrading software well and easily, without running into endless dependency errors?

I'm at the moment interested in trying out mandrake

Thanks.

-RoaCh
 
Old 01-14-2005, 11:36 PM   #2
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Could someone please move this to the distro section...my apologies. Thanks!
 
Old 01-14-2005, 11:37 PM   #3
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Hi.

Fedora Core 3's yum is excellent - I've had no dependency isues at all.

Dave
 
Old 01-15-2005, 12:48 AM   #4
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I would go for Fedora Core 3 with apt/synaptic or yum/gyum and Mandrake with it's urpmi/rpmdrake. I prefer apt over yum, but thats just personal preference.
 
Old 01-15-2005, 01:21 AM   #5
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Re: Best rpm based distro for installing/upgrading software easily?

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I have tried a few rpm based distros...a long time ago...and ran into dependency hell ALL the time. It was horribly annoying. Anyway, I know of a few managers that seem nice...I know there's apt, yum, urpmi, and whatever suse uses. I tried suse awhile ago, it was okay...but it didn't seem to handle software too well. I had trouble. I've heard good things about mandrake's urpmi?

Anyway, what is everyone's favorite? What rpm distro handles installing software and upgrading software well and easily, without running into endless dependency errors?

I'm at the moment interested in trying out mandrake

Thanks.

-RoaCh
MEPIS!!!
 
Old 01-15-2005, 02:46 AM   #6
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Mepis is cool, but for whatever reason gave me like...an annoying "static" sound whenever I played media files. No other distro has done that to me. I tried fedora core 2...it was great but I had a few problems. I may check out 3!

I always enjoy trying different distros. Right now I'm mainly using vidalinux, but I got a new harddrive, so lots of room for experimenting
 
Old 01-15-2005, 03:19 AM   #7
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ROAch, my friend try Simply Mepis and It will blow you away and if you have any problems go to the MepisLovers.org site and they will help you or if you post about your problem like with the sound they show you how to fix it. You can get Simply Mepis for under $15.00 shipped. Or if you are a real newbie like me then you can get the book by Robin Miller "Point & Click" and it comes with a tutorial on DVD and The Simply Mepis complete C/D, and let me tell you its awesome!!! Good luck Saquear!!!
 
Old 01-15-2005, 03:33 AM   #8
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I wouldn't really call myself a newbie, but not a techie either . I suppose intermediate. I use to be a slacker (still love slack), but then switched to a gentoo based distro. I love them all..but they involve allot of tweaking and problem fixing. Allot of manual configuring.

Right now, I just wanna try something that's easy, user friendly, and works out of the box!

Thanks for the suggestions, I may try simply mepis. I forgot, I had the sound issue with my old sound card. I have a new one, so I may no longer have this issue

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Old 01-15-2005, 05:17 AM   #9
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RoaCh, I did not mean you as the newbie, I do not navigate to well in these windows. I meant me or from a newbie, I would never disrespect someone I did not know by judging them or what they do. Its my inexpirence manipulating the icons and where I want to put them. If you really want something easy that you can enjoy go to Amazon and Look for Millers book and get the DVD and C/D with the book. He shows you how to install and configure the "Simply Mepis". If you're pretty sure of yourself go to Mepis.org and buy the C/D,its compressed and is actually the = of 3 C/Ds. This distro is loaded with games and video and graphic editing and office software. It will configure itself to dialup or DSL and its a beautiful desktop. If you don't like the desktop or if you have problems go to the Mepis Lovers . org or com and you can choose different desktops and get all the help you'll ever want or need. Lots of luck,Saquear!!!
 
Old 01-16-2005, 02:45 AM   #10
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you could also check out Ubuntu as its based on debian so upgrading via apt or synaptic is gr8 and it never gave me any problems

i hope it will stay like this
 
Old 01-16-2005, 03:00 AM   #11
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RoaCh, I did not mean you as the newbie, I do not navigate to well in these windows. I meant me or from a newbie, I would never disrespect someone I did not know by judging them or what they do. Its my inexpirence manipulating the icons and where I want to put them. If you really want something easy that you can enjoy go to Amazon and Look for Millers book and get the DVD and C/D with the book. He shows you how to install and configure the "Simply Mepis". If you're pretty sure of yourself go to Mepis.org and buy the C/D,its compressed and is actually the = of 3 C/Ds. This distro is loaded with games and video and graphic editing and office software. It will configure itself to dialup or DSL and its a beautiful desktop. If you don't like the desktop or if you have problems go to the Mepis Lovers . org or com and you can choose different desktops and get all the help you'll ever want or need. Lots of luck,Saquear!!!
Cool, I'll check it out . Thanks for the suggestions .

How are fonts in simply mepis? One thing that bugs be about SOME distros are the fonts look bad!

Thanks again.

-RoaCh
 
Old 01-16-2005, 08:08 AM   #12
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The package managment in Ubuntu, Simply Mepis and other Debian distros is also available for rpm based distro's so you don't necessarily need to change distros. Just use apt/synaptic, yum/gyum or urpmi/rpmdrake.
 
Old 01-16-2005, 09:28 AM   #13
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reddazz,you are right,the only thing is Mepis configures itself .
RoaCh,if you already know how to tweak a Linux distro this Simply Mepis will configure itself and if you find any problems just go to the Mepis lovers forums. To get addiitional support just buy the C/D,under $15.00 shipped. I mean once you have it up and running you will see that its to windows what Internet exploder is to Firefox!!! Let me explain,I'm so new at this that I had trouble configuring Windows 98 and XP. And when I installed Simply Mepis I spent two days trying to configure the internet connections, and I couldn't that I called a friend of mine who is a supertech and he chuckled and told me Mipis configured itself two days ago, and sure enough I was up and running!!! As far as gamming I don't know cause I'm not into gamming and I don't that much about computing in general. So good luck my friend,Saquear!!!
 
Old 01-16-2005, 09:57 AM   #14
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To me, you just seem to be promoting your favorite distro. The issue here was about package management and not hardware detection. Anyway almost all the major distro's have hardware auto detection and configuration.
 
Old 01-16-2005, 10:44 AM   #15
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Yes and no, I'm not promoting it for gain.
I am really new and I am a person that really learns fast and I have spent a lot of time and money trying to learn. I spent over $5,000.00 to a school, I have about ten complete distros and software up the famous creek and most of it I can't use because it seems that everyone that writes instructions whether for M$ or software writes for themselves not their customers. I am not passing the buck but have you ever wondered why their is so much tech support? Now when you buy or get a software package its almost a giveaway but tech support, its a whole industry now. And I am not faulting or complaining just an observation. I go to th store buy a package install it and what happens, we've all been through it so when I see some one as cool as RoaCh asking for advice I tell him what " in my opiinion " was the the best expirence or easist for me.
Also in the forums I ask a lot of what seems dumb questions,but if don't ask you don't get!!! That is the only way that I've learned. I you go to the Mepis forums the peeps or mods a happy to help and you yourself can go there with out buying a Mepis C/D or anything. You will learn a lot about Linux in general and computers as a side line. If you just want to see you can email one of the moderators personally or the webmaster and they will reply that if they don't they will direct you in the right direction.So reddazz take the plunge and check it out,they have a lot of ubuntha users,good luck Saquear!!!
 
  


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