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Tuesday, May 17 12:00 AM ET

New RPM System from Red Hat

By Mark van Voorden

Raleigh , NC - Red Hat, the creator of Red Hat Linux and the RPM package distribution system, has improved the speed of their package system, according to Red Hat spokesman Nick Carr.

"The old 33 RPM packages where just too slow for the next generation computers. Everything got faster, so why would we stay behind with our packaging system?" said Carr.

The change doesn't affect older versions of the package managers, they will still install the 45 RPM packages, except that a know issue at this point is that installed programs will run slower if you do not use the new and improved 45 RPM system.

Red Hat users are very enthusiastic about this new innovation in package technology. Red Hat user Peter Johnson said, "We were really waiting for something like this to happen. I can finally update my computer much quicker."

SuSe spokesman Joe Eckert said, "We don't believe this is going to be it, but if enough people start adopting this new technology, we will of course release it as an update to the old RPM package manager as soon as possible."

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Debian announced to include this new package manager, along with an updated version of alien in their new version, which will be released within 6 years. "Sarge is already frozen, so we will have to wait until the next release," their spokesman said.

Rumors about an 78 RPM version already being in development are still unconfirmed.

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