Posts Tagged ‘LinuxMint’

Reasons for the success of Linux Mint

May 19, 2014 2 comments

The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Started in 2006, Linux Mint is now the 4th most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS and Canonical’s Ubuntu.

Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:

  • It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
  • It’s both free of cost and open source.
  • It’s community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
  • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
  • It’s safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware…etc).
Ref : The Linux Mint Website
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Convert DEB to RPM or RPM to DEB

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

Now a days, there is more than one family linux is popular. Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Kubuntu and LinuxMint are Debian family linux, while CentOS, Fedora, Mandriva, Mageai and ROSA are RedHat family linux. and both have its own software distribution architecture, Debian family uses .deb file while RedHat family users .rpm file. but sometimes user need to convert DEB to RPM or RPM to DEB. what would be the solution ?

here is the solution for that problem.

1. Convert RPM to DEB

      Install alien command on Debian / Ubuntu

Install alien command on Ubuntu as shown below.

# sudo apt-get install alien

 Use alien command to convert rpm to deb file

The following example converts the linuxconf-devel rpm file to linuxconf-devel deb file. Once you generate the deb file, you can install it on Ubuntu or Debian.

# alien linuxconf-devel-1.16r10-2.i386.rpm
linuxconf-devel_1.16r10-3_i386.deb generated

2. Convert DEB to RPM

      Use alien to convert deb to rpm file

Use alient -r option to convert a deb file to rpm file. The following example converts libsox deb file to libsox rpm file. Once you generate the rpm file, you can install it on Red Hat, or CentOS.

# sudo alien -r libsox1_14.2.0-1_i386.deb
libsox1-14.2.0-2.i386.rpm generated

How Linux is Built

July 31, 2013 1 comment