Thread: Winamp Linux
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Old 24th February 2008, 15:05   #27
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Basically linux is linux. There are different brands (if you will) called distributions. On some distributions you install programs (packages) via rpm files. Some you install via deb files. RPM stands for Redhat Package Manager. Deb represents Debian packages. Redhat-type distributions use rpm files. Debian-based distributions use deb files. BUT the thing is - most of the distributions use a collective source of files in the respective package formats.

I personally use a debian-based distribution. For the majority of the linux community you have a 'stable' release of that distribution, a 'testing' version and an 'unstable' version. The stable distibutions use packages (programs) that have been around long enough and de-bugged as much as possible. You will find many packages for the many architectures of computers. But they will all be the same version - just written for the various package groups. The programs have a version number associated with them so you know which version you are getting. The coders work on one version of a program collectively, testing it, the other person tests it so you have many people working on ONE VERSION of a program at a time.

There are CVS and source-code builds sometimes nightly that are the 'testing' version of the program. SO if you need a later version than the current 'stable' release of a program, you can build it yourself from the CVS area on the download site.

There are always version numbers associated with any program in the linux world. That way, you know that say 'version 1.33.4 of a program is the stable release (or it could be the most current... depending on the program).

Does that explanation help or was it all over the place?? lol
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