3
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1answer
277 views

How can I check whether I have installed non-free software?

I'm thinking of a program which would scan packages and report some statistics about them - and report all packages that contain non-free software. It would of course have to include kernel modules, ...
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4answers
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Is Gobolinux active any more?

Today I hear about existence of a revolutionary distro named Gobolinux. I am very interested and excited about it (in particular its file structure). Unfortunately it is not updated for a while. ...
2
votes
3answers
348 views

Are there websites that allow one to search for which package contains a particular file?

I want to write some generic instructions on how to find the package that installs a particular file (the exact context is TeX packages: find the package in the Unix distribution that contains a ...
3
votes
2answers
642 views

Identifying the system package manager

Is there a way (from a script) to identify the default system package manager? To clarify, what I want to do is run a given command and, on Debian or any of its derivatives it'll return something ...
3
votes
4answers
494 views

What package managers do popular Unix Distributions Use? [closed]

I am creating a Script and I need to know what package manager each Popular Unix Distribution Uses (especially those distros that are commonly-used for Servers)... I mean: Debian uses apt-get Fedora ...
9
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3answers
584 views

Why do most distros (other than Debian) recommend/require a full reinstall when upgrading to a new version?

Having spent most of my Linux life using Debian, I'm been having a look at other distros and am really surprised at extent to which they don't provide a smooth upgrade between versions. Debian is ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Git based package manager/installer for Linux

Is there any linux distro that has a git based package manager/installer. I want something similar to FreeBSD Ports (which is CVS based, I think) or Mac OS X Homebrew (git based).
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votes
2answers
900 views

GPG check regarding packages on various distributions

It's ok that the various linux distributions use gpg to verify e.g. new packages downloaded with http. But what happens if the server that holds the packages gets hacked? OK, they need a new gpg key, ...