Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:19 UTC
Linux "Many Linux distributions have taken the path of easy GUI-based installation, in order to appeal to a broader mix of users. But not Arch Linux, which emphasises simplicity of technical complexity over general usability. Richard Hillesley explains."
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I suspected that it is fixed now (I didn't bother to check) ... but it shouldn't have got like that in the first place. Alarm bells should have been going off in that guys head when he was packaging it.

That's partly a result of not compiling the binaries yourself (you'd get similar issues with RPMs and Deb packages too). The solution is to compile your own source, but not everyone has the time, expertise nor motivation to do so.

Plus RPMs come with a whole boatload of other issues on top. So Pacman's only real rival is Debian's apt-get. Personally I prefer Pacman, but each to their own.

As for AUR, Yaourt is an awesome tool. It's the only thing I prefer to FreeBSD's ports for source.

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