Is there is something like a Rosetta Stone for the different Linux Distributions?

Perhaps a site where you can look up a commands, configuration files or problem solutions for a specific task organized as translations of ones of another distribution (you know well).

For example you know Debian based distributions well and you want to know the Fedora equivalent to

dpkg -S /bin/bar


dpkg --get-selections > foo
dpkg --set-selections < foo


apt-cache search foobar --names-only


There is a Rosetta Stone for different Unices, but it is not that detailed and does not really differentiates between different Distributions.

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    Probably not since there would be an infinite number of different versions and such.
    – Falmarri
    Oct 21, 2010 at 20:52
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    @well, I would be fine if a site would just mention the most popular distros/most usual tasks ... Oct 21, 2010 at 21:08
  • All these details are stored in a magic proprietary format in a giant database that powers my AdmnistrateAnythingBot© that will soon make human system administrators obsolete.
    – Caleb
    May 28, 2011 at 15:40

3 Answers 3


I think the service is called http://unix.stackexchange.com.

  • no idea who downvoted this. ( glaring eyes at everyone ) +1
    – Stefan
    Nov 13, 2010 at 13:06
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    Why www though?
    – ripper234
    Mar 22, 2011 at 7:55

It seems that what OP asks for is a chrestomathy of package managers. You can find one on the ArchWiki, which compares its package manager Pacman with other package managers from different distributions and several command-line flags.


http://distrowatch.com/ will, at least, tell you what software is available in what distro...

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