Most modern distributions use some sort of package of management routine to facilitate installation of compiled binaries. There are two major packaging formats in use: the Red Hat Package Manager and the Debian Package Manager. The Red Hat Package Manager (also known as RPM ) has so far been the most popular packaging system used in major distributions. However, the Debian system has a significant number of advocates and has several sophisticated tools that can greatly ease installation of new packages as well as reducing problems with dependencies (requirements by a package for another package that may not be installed on the system) by helping to find those required packages. In general, the distribution you use will have one system or the other installed. One system cannot be easily changed into another, although there are some tools that allow the Debian commands to manage the rpm system.
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