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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pacman simpler than apt-get?
by Timo on Mon 21st Mar 2005 12:51 UTC

apt-get & dpkg and all these related tools are not as brain-dead simple to use as pacman is (and Synaptic is not really as wonderful either).

pacman -Suy (update the whole system by syncing)
pacman -S firefox (install Firefox from -Current)
pacman -R firefox (remove Firefox from your system)
pacman -A package-name.tar.gz (install a local package)

What's so difficult with apt-get? IMHO, the cited operations are have more intuitive commands in Debian:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade (update the package database and upgrade the system)
apt-get install mozilla-firefox (install Firefox from repository)
apt-get remove mozilla-firefox (remove Firefox from the system)
dpkg -i package-name.deb

I have nothing against Arch. It's nice to have new distributions available.