Joined: Mar. 2004
||Posted: April 20 2004,16:36
There's probably a Debian equivalent of whatever app you're trying to install. Check http://apt-get.org/ , it has a list of unsupported repositories that may have the package you're trying to install. If so, just add the mirror insto you sources.list and apt-get install packagename.
Also, most developers now offer binaries for multiple architectures and whatnot, check the package maintainers website, he may have already packaged the app you want in deb format.
P.S. Sometimes Debian and RedHat package names differ, what you want may already be in the testing pool, just not named quite the same.
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