Re: why isn't most of the software in .deb format?
unless you need the most up to date software (or an odd piece) then for most users its just a matter of opening up synaptic (or Add/Remove) and selecting the program they want to install. Downloading from possible "unsafe" locations just opens the door to getting into big trouble. I find it a lot easier to open synaptic and do a search for a program type (or sudo apt-get install programname from the terminal if I know the name) then scouring the web trying to find software to do what I want
Debian Testing(64bit) + XFCE4 AM2 5200+ ATI Radeon HD4350, 4gig RAM,320Gig and 750gig HDs
what's the difference between an answer and a solution? An answer is what they want to hear, a solution is what they don't want to hear