November 10, 2005
OpenSolaris has a leg up on Linux
If there's one aspect of Linux that has led to its popularity, it's the ability of suitably enthused individuals to produce their own distribution. That feature has spawned thousands of different solutions and, in turn, has led to the creation of numerous tools, products and companies that have furthered the progress of Linux. For example, the Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) system was introduced to help install the packages that make up Red Hat's system. Today, most Linux software is distributed in RPM format, even if your system isn't necessarily Red Hat-based.