[ardour-users] CCRMA vs. AGNULA

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Tue Apr 5 10:42:22 PDT 2005

On Tue, 2005-04-05 at 07:57, ulrich steffens wrote:
> hi,
> i also wouldn't recommend gentoo for beginners. its a fine thing if
> you're familiar with some basics and know your way at the commandline. .
> the ways to install gentoo differ from 'rather easy' to 'geek god' and
> can take from just hours to days. though its a good option if you know
> some basics and have some massive cpu-power.
> i think it really doesn't matter what specific distro you use at the
> beginning. either way you have to learn your way through maintain a
> linux-box, and i never ever met a single person who tried only one
> distro and stayed there :) the one big trap with linux is one of its
> greatest advantages: the freedom of choice.
> for example, distrowatch lists 386 linux-distributions... ;)
> and while i never tried ccrma or agnula i personally would tend to
> agnula in favour of APT to RPM. i also found debian much 'lighter' than
> redhat/fedora and the beauty of debians package system is superior*.
> *no flamewar intended, just personal flavour.

A small tech caveat, the distinction is not apt vs rpm, debian actually
uses .deb packages for packaging and redhat/fedora uses .rpm packages
for packaging (ie: as a way to encapsulate binary programs and their
associated files in one easy to install file). Both have very similar
capabilities, AFAIK (I don't know if one is "technically better" than
the other), and both, _alone_, lead into the dreaded "dependency hell"
(ie: installing a package requires a library and you don't know where it
is coming from - then you find it and it requires another library that
you don't know where it comes from - recurse until tired :-). 

To avoid that there is another software layer on top of the .deb or .rpm
packaging standard that makes for easy dependency resolution when you
install or upgrade packages.

Debian uses apt for dependency resolution and package installs, on top
of the .deb packages, Fedora uses yum (similar to apt) or a port of apt
on top of .rpm. So, there is not that much difference, you have apt on
both platforms and yum on Fedora. Both provide for easy dependency

-- Fernando

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