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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Having something which is clearly not even related (Basically similar to partition magic) as a dependency is a poor show.

Yes that particular packager had a 'poor show', not the package manager as you implied.

From my own experience as a long time user of Arch, I sometimes see packages which I personally find poorly packaged (which is easily spotted since all dependencies are listed when you are about to install a package).

But this is a debate between community and packager, and at the end of the day I can easily rebuild any package using abs (ports style) with the dependencies (and optimization settings) I prefer.

And if I'm too lazy for that then there's a huge chance someone else has done it and put it up as an AUR (Arch User Repository) package.

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