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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RE: Debfoster/deborphan
by cal on Mon 21st Mar 2005 14:33 UTC

Pacman keeps trace of everything you install. So let say you have 3 packages A, B and C. A depends on B and C. You install B by hand because you need it, and later you decide to install A.

When you'll remove A, you can tell pacman to remove all packages that depends on A and also all its dependencies, which in this case will be B only (because pacman, which is great, thinks that if you have installed B yourself and not only as a dependency of A, you probably want it, even if you remove A).

This ability is one of the reason I choose arch. Sometimes I just want to test new packages / applications, and be able to remove them if I don't really need them (or enjoy them), but also removes their dependencies.

I've been considering gentoo for a long time, but I'm not sure how to do that with portage. And more, I don't want to compile everything again and again and again...

I wanted a distrib with both binaries and sources, easy and powerfull package management, up to date every day (and not every 6 month), and easy to create your own package (compared to rpm and deb, I feel like creating a package for Arch is far easier, but that's only my feeling). Arch is everything I have ever dreamed off. The only thing I lack is more packages, but this will change as the distrib get more users.