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I am not sure if it's true to say when you download a package from Ubuntu repository, then that it will be a debian package and if you download only a tar file and use make command to install it, than that it will be a binary package?

I mean if we use:

sudo apt-get install something

then something is a debian package? Is it true?

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You may find the answer here ---… – Tasos Mar 27 '14 at 14:43
@Tasos I did not get which they have three part 1.rpm 2.deb 3.source or deb by itself goes to two part source and binay? – lion Mar 27 '14 at 15:00
It similar to windows .exe file. A .deb executes and an rpm is a Package Manager that compresses archives (e.g. .tar.gz, .tar.bz2) – Tasos Mar 27 '14 at 15:11
and No you dont do "sudo apt-get myapp.ded". If you download a .dep file you just click on it and it gets installed like a windows application – Tasos Mar 27 '14 at 15:14

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All .deb packages that you install (whether on Debian or Ubuntu) are binary packages. But a binary package doesn't have to be a .deb. The binaries (i.e. compiled source code) can be packaged in a .deb, .rpm or even bundled in a .tar.gz archive. If we abstract from the Linux world, all .exe files are also binaries.

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