I have used Ubuntu for like two years now. I am very comfortable with the aptitude package manager. I recently switched to Fedora(16)[I still have ubuntu on my other drive :) ] I am behind a university firewall (with all kind of data restrictions). In these circumstances I realized apt is better suited and effective when compared to yum. How can I replace yum with apt??

  • Wait, what? Do you understand the difference between the two? Why is one "better" than the other? You can't replace package managers (sanely) and expect to have a working system. Besides, Ubuntu and Fedora's package structures differ.
    – Blender
    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 7:37
  • um... apologies! What i meant was the installer. It's been just two weeks since I installed fedora! Whenever i use yum,updates/primary_db and some more,will update themselves. I have to wait for them to update and with the restrictions we have it is very annoying(most of them stop midway). With apt that was not the case. I went ahead and installed apt (which is what i wanted basically...). Thanks! :) Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 8:22

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...replacing the distribution package manager is not a good idea.

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    ... unless you what? Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 9:36
  • Bad edit. Thought about qualifying it a bit, for the 1% of cases where it might be better ... but decided it was too much trouble to make sure people didn't take it as a 90% solution instead. Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 16:53

While this is technically possible, it is an awful idea.

However, if all you want is an apt-like frontend for rpm, there once was apt-rpm - but seems that it is dead (the project has not released anything in 4 years). You'd be better off just learning yum.

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