Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2007 16:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Benchmarks "We have developed a new package-management tool, called Opium, that improves on current tools in two ways: Opium is complete, in that if there is a solution, Opium is guaranteed to find it, and Opium can optimize a user-provided objective function, which could for example state that smaller packages should be preferred over larger ones. We performed a comparative study of our tool against Debian's apt-get on 600 traces of real-world package installations. We show that Opium runs fast enough to be usable, and that its completeness and optimality guarantees provide concrete benefits to end users."
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If there is a way to install abiword without uninstalling any package then OPIUM will do this.

If apt can do it, OPIUM is not a big win.

But in case of apt can't do it, OPIUM is a win-win.

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Exactly! The only other thing that OPIUM gives you is the optimality: if apt can do it and OPIUM can do it, OPIUM can also guarantee that you're getting the best choice of packages (smallest, newest, highest rated, best tested, whatever you want to go by). I think that's really valuable too, but even without that OPIUM is a win.

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