Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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by root on Tue 10th Feb 2004 21:21 UTC

Learn to speak for thyself. ;-) Used slack and switched. Not worth the trouble in my opinion. Just like the author of the article, I just don't have the time to search for dependencies, download them, install them manually in the right order, only to have difficulties uninstalling them in future, and to inherit a box littered with libraries and unused files here and there. Perhaps, I just lack discipline.

If I wanted to go through all that trouble, I'd have used LFS, which what I did after I got tired of slack. Then I met LFS on steriods, Gentoo. Oh the joy! Yes, I know Slackware has a package manager now, but when I was using it, it had none, or the one it had then was, well, pathetic.

Besides, we all know there are only two package managers in Linux land, Portage and the rest. ;-) Well, I've had evil experiences with binary distros I would have mentioned Debian Apt, which is the only binary distro I would switch to if I had to.

That said, I really don't see any advantages of Arch over Debian, package manager wise. If the author was looking for a distro, with a good package manager and the largest repository of binary packages, it's a no brainer, just use Debian.

Yes, Debian's unstable/testing branch is pretty up to date. Sometimes as up to date as Gentoo's portage.