View Full Version : What is a "distribution" ?

10th November 2004, 07:07 PM
Is it simply a collection of rpm's and an installation app ?

FC3 seems radically different, but I get the impression, I could've just un-installed stuff and then built FC2 up to FC3, as they are all off the shelf components ?

10th November 2004, 07:12 PM
A distribution... find out here: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Distributions

Keep in mind some distros don't even use RPMs.

And this link is good for choosing a distro: http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Choosing_a_Linux_distribution

11th November 2004, 12:07 AM
Basically it's a collection of GNU/Linux software packaged together.

Distrowatch (http://distrowatch.com/) is a site to track distributions.

11th November 2004, 12:17 AM
yes, but what makes every distribution unique is the way they are packed, the way they handle updates, the way the kernel is e.g. "optimized". slackware and arch work e.g. with tar.gz sources for installation, while suse, fedora, mandrake and others use primarily rpm-packages. debian uses its own packaging system. (the rpm and deb systems can install tar.gz files, too. ;))