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The RPM package manager Yum has its own advantages over other tools.
A decade ago, Debian users used to look down on users of Red Hat and other RPM-based distributions. Whereas Debian users had apt-get and dpkg to save them from dependency hell – situations in which software installation is impossible because of an uninstalled library – users of RPM-based distributions had to dig themselves out of dependency hell on their own.
Today, Debian and Ubuntu users have no reason to be so smug. The RPM distros have caught up with the Debian tools and produced several package managers that more or less equal apt-get's functionality.
Of these package managers, the most popular is Yellowdog Updater, Modified, better known as Yum. This rewriting of an earlier package manager for Yellow Dog Linux is now maintained by Seth Vidal, a Red Hat Employee, and used by many of the major RPM distributions, including Fedora, Red Hat, and CentOS.
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