Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Sep 2011 00:19 UTC
Linux "Many Linux distributions have taken the path of easy GUI-based installation, in order to appeal to a broader mix of users. But not Arch Linux, which emphasises simplicity of technical complexity over general usability. Richard Hillesley explains."
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Elv13
Member since:
2006-06-12

+1

pacman is terrible, AUR is worst

Better get Gentoo is you want a flexible distribution. It has the best, but the slowest package manager.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Portage is quite good IMO. I think there was a distro that was using NetBSD's pkgsrc ... but I forget it's name.

My favourite package tools are OpenBSD's ... I find they very simple to use. Ports system works flawlessly to.

I am mainly like Redhat based stuff since I used to look after a server room of CENTOS servers. So I don't mind YUM ... I am sure some people hate it.

Edited 2011-09-17 05:12 UTC

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foregam Member since:
2010-11-17

Portage is quite good IMO. I think there was a distro that was using NetBSD's pkgsrc...

There're several such distros in fact, all of them Slackware based: Dracolinux, Voltalinux, Blackmouse... It's a real killer combo. I've tried Arch and Gentoo (portage depends on python, WTF?! If I wanted YUM (quite decent actually) I know where to get it.) but none comes close to that. Source Mage seems promising.

Edited 2011-09-17 09:11 UTC

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ghostdawg Member since:
2005-12-31

I believe you are referring to Crux Linux. It was based on Slackware and Arch if I'm not mistaken.

Arch is a pretty good distro but I haven't used it in some years.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Portage is good, its the packages that are created for portage that suck. Compile directives are often changed from one minor version of a package to another without any explanation or warning. You have to be pretty careful emerging a new version of a package. Which, can be pretty painstakingly difficult when a ton of dependances are attached.

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gelendir Member since:
2009-01-08

This is just plain troll bait. The problem was fixed ages ago. We could also go on about how gentoo messed up more than once with the libpng fiasco, eh ? Bottom line, every distro has had its hiccups. (Gentoo and Arch included)

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Zbigniew Member since:
2008-08-28

The best package manager is... no package manager. Hint: Gobolinux.
If not Gobo-solution - there's always possibility to use Zeroinstall. Why the package managers, when actually there's no need?

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