> >> [ Package Management ]
> >> Most distributions, excluding Slackware, have that.
> okay, i'll bite.
> what are the advantages and disadvantages of a package manager.
> i run slackware and i never missed the package manager yet.
> but truthfully linux still remains a hobby in my life.
it's basiclly a program/database that installs programs for you
automaticlly, and then keeps track of what version/where the files are.
helps automate the installation and removal of programs
disadvantages come from the fact that you're not compiling it yourself,
so you don't have full control over what features may or maynot be
compiled in, if there is a selection of options. plus library conflicts
may occur if there was just the right change made between versions.
personally I only RPM(I use redhat) things that are not major
components, oh and X seems to run fine through packages. but things
like QMail or MySQL, or PostgreSQL, and especially the kernel, I still
don't trust from an RPM, don't know why, just the way it is
Quote:> my work revolves around VB, Access, SQL Server,
> the Baan Enterprise System, etc.
I know a bunch of companies that have replace VB with Delphi, if they
really are porting it to Linux, that may be a plus. SQL Server and
Access are a little different. but what are you using Access for? you
should at least move to that new thing microsoft released thats fully
SQL compatible and free. scales just as well as access, plus less of a
headache when you need to move to SQL.