OT: Apt-get vs YUM?

Axel Thimm Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
Thu Jun 21 14:13:43 UTC 2007

On Tue, Jun 19, 2007 at 06:15:51PM -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Could someone please state the relative advantages and disadvantages
> of the apt-get and yum installation managers?

apt-rpm is written in C++ and yum in python, technically that's the
most prominent difference these days IMHO. This means apt is rather
speedy while yum's code is easier to develop and blends into the rest
of Fedora/Red Hat toolset.

Historically apt-rpm was there before yum. yum was preferred for
various reasons by Red Hat (mainly due to better long term
maintainability) and became the default depsolver. After that yum got
the leading depsolver featuring new technologies (like multilib and
repomd metadata and most recently sqlite metadata) with apt-rpm
playing catching up.

Today both maintainers work for Red Hat. :)
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
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