Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2007 16:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Benchmarks "We have developed a new package-management tool, called Opium, that improves on current tools in two ways: Opium is complete, in that if there is a solution, Opium is guaranteed to find it, and Opium can optimize a user-provided objective function, which could for example state that smaller packages should be preferred over larger ones. We performed a comparative study of our tool against Debian's apt-get on 600 traces of real-world package installations. We show that Opium runs fast enough to be usable, and that its completeness and optimality guarantees provide concrete benefits to end users."
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RE: thinstall
by Luminair on Mon 4th Jun 2007 22:03 UTC in reply to "thinstall"
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2007-03-30

That topic is a slightly different can of worms, but one worth mentioning.

Take the average Suse or Ubuntu desktop that is a year or two old. Look at every program that is installed.

Re-install every program in its own directory with its own copy of every dependency except for giant things like Java.

How much extra hard drive space have you used? That is the price of never having to deal with a dependency conflict ever again.

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