Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Mar 2005 11:22 UTC
Linux 2003 was the year with Gentoo written all over it in the Linux universe. Last year was Ubuntu's & MEPIS'. I believe that Arch Linux's year is the current one. Read more for a comparison of Arch to existing distributions, and why we think it rocks and where we think it still requires some work.
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makepkg vs/ checkinstall
by nggalai on Mon 21st Mar 2005 12:37 UTC

Another weak point is the creation of home-made packages. Archers will advocate that makepkg is dead easy, but it's not as dead easy as Checkinstall (but still much easier than creating RPMs, of course). Makepkg still requires a bit of extra knowledge and some extra time. With Checkinstall you "./configure" and you "make" but at the end, instead of typing "make install", you type "checkinstall". Checkinstall will strip the binary, will create the package for you and will install it, all automatically. Makepkg is definetely not as convenient, at least for ex-Slackware users.

I don't know Slack, but do these packages also contain information about dependencies, file conflicts etc. as Arch packages do? If yes, I concede that the Slack way seems more straightforward. If no, you can't really compare the two, IMO.