Need for Cross Platform Updates Distribution

Michel Dänzer daenzerm at
Mon Jun 19 18:35:50 EST 2000

Hollis Blanchard wrote:
> Bryan Stillwell wrote:
> >
> > I've never used suse personally, but I've tried using a
> > suse rpm witha redhat installation and it just screwed everything up.
> I look at that as trying to install an OS/2 binary onto a Windows box
> (and then complaining that it doesn't work).

Huh??? We are speaking about the same binaries for the same OS, but packaged
in an incompatible manner.

> > Also, what's this about suse using /opt for kde and gnome? sn't
> > /opt in the filesystem standard for commercial software only?
> It all depends on what "standard" you're using.

Check out FHS (, which is an affiliated project
of The Free Standards Group.

Debian is already mostly FHS conformant and aiming to be fully so AFAIK.

> I should also note that Debian packages also don't work well with other
> distributions.

But at least there aren't incompatible flavours of debs - you find a deb
somewhere, you install it, it works.


Why drink & drive when you can smoke and fly???
Earthling Michel Dänzer (MrCooper)  \  CS student and free software enthusiast
Debian GNU/Linux (powerpc,i386) user \   member of XFree86, Team *AMIGA*, AUGS

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