This is my server:

/usr/local/bin$ uname -a
Linux nn15 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.46-1 x86_64 GNU/Linux

The software I need is offered in these versions:

  • centos-5.3.run
  • centos-5.6.run
  • centos-6.3.run
  • ubuntu-8.04.run
  • ubuntu-10.04.run
  • ubuntu-12.04.run

Which one is the closest to Debian? I'm asking because I want to know which one is the most likely to work when I download and install it.

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    Perlnika, you do not have to delete your questions on other sites. Doing so may trigger autoprotection systems which will block you from making posts on those other sites for some time (which is the case with this question, they initially asked it on Ask Ubuntu). Having said this, the ubuntu and centos tags aren't really necessary here because the question is neither about Ubuntu nor CentOS. – Thomas Ward Jan 20 '14 at 21:47
  • This question is unclear. What software do you need? Also, it doesn't seem this question has anything to do with Debian. As far as which distribution you use, that's really up to you. – Faheem Mitha Jan 20 '14 at 21:54
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    @FaheemMitha I can provide further clarification, the user is using $some_software but there's no Debian packages, only .run files. Only those CentOS and Ubuntu .run files are available, and they want to know which they should use. I do agree it's unclear though, if they said which software it was, it could maybe be more answerable. – Thomas Ward Jan 20 '14 at 21:59
  • Thanks @Thomas. That is helpful, though I don't know what .run files are. Google links don't tell me either. – Faheem Mitha Jan 20 '14 at 22:02
  • @FaheemMitha a .run is just a binary installer, really. I know this isn't on U&L, but maybe this can help explain what a .run file is? – Thomas Ward Jan 20 '14 at 22:04

Of the list, Ubuntu 12.04 is likely to be closest to Debian wheezy. However, there is no guarantee that your package will work at all on Debian.


Presuming that the Ubuntu package is compatible with Debian, that would be the safer bet, as Debian and Ubuntu both use .deb package management, while CentOS uses Red Hat's .rpm packages.

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    Lets be careful throwing "package" around, it appears the software providers don't have .deb or .rpm packages, and rather binary installers that don't work with standard packaging systems. – Thomas Ward Jan 20 '14 at 22:05

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