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View Poll Results: Which package manager kicks a**?
Mandrake's RPM package manager 3 7.50%
Redhat's RPM package manager 2 5.00%
Debian's .deb APT 15 37.50%
Windows-download *.exe, install, reboot, waste of time 1 2.50%
Portage ala Gentoo 13 32.50%
FreeBSD's Ports 6 15.00%
Voters: 40. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-08-2003, 06:26 PM   #1
scheidel21
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Best Package manager


Hey guys I just thought I'd see which package manager you guys like best.

My favorite so far is Debians apt...it's so easy, and the dependancy handeling is utterly awesome! Plus even though I've seen complaints about it, debians dselect front end is extremely simple, at least I think so. just cursor to the package press the insert button, and it automatically alerts you to what it needs for dependancies. My only complaint about dselect, is that the packages don't seem extrordinarily organized.

Well let me know what you guys think, thanks!

--Alex
 
Old 12-08-2003, 07:29 PM   #2
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You left out quite a few others, namely the one I would have voted for

Portage ala Gentoo

Cool
 
Old 12-08-2003, 07:30 PM   #3
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Free BSD's ports

heh, good job. I voted now

Last edited by burnpile; 12-08-2003 at 07:36 PM.
 
Old 12-08-2003, 07:43 PM   #4
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So far so good, sorry about leaving some out, however, I don't know everything, nor have I experimented with all thanks for the additions

--Alex
 
Old 12-11-2003, 10:42 PM   #5
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apt for Red Hat, so I couldn't vote, sorry
 
Old 12-12-2003, 07:13 AM   #6
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sorry. you couldn'y vote, I didn't know there was an apt version for RedHat.
 
Old 12-12-2003, 01:11 PM   #7
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I would have to go with Portage. I have tried most of the others up there, except the Ports system in FreeBSD, I never got that far in FreeBSD, but I seem to like Portage the best.
 
Old 12-12-2003, 01:16 PM   #8
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I would go with FreeBSD ports.

There isn't Slackware pkgtool, swaret...etc
 
Old 12-12-2003, 04:16 PM   #9
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Having used Mandrake's RPM system, Debian's apt, and Gentoo's portage/emerge, I gotta say that portage/emerge is my favorite so far, with apt a close second. I've learned to handle myself in an RPM install/upgrade, but it's a constant pain in the neck, and I'll be switching to a more sensible distribution in the near future because of it.

If I were to use apt more often, I think it may become my favorite; emerge is nice, but sometimes I just want to get software running, and don't feel like waiting several hours for it to compile. But on the other hand, I'd rather have a nicely optimized installation; emerge and the USE flags make it easy to choose what kind of support I want to enable in the software I install, which isn't much of an option with the other two.
 
Old 12-12-2003, 05:30 PM   #10
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pacman from archlinux.
 
Old 12-12-2003, 07:28 PM   #11
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FreeBSD ports are the best I've ever encountered. Coming from RedHat, the good lord gave me FreeBSD ports, ever tryed installing Mono via RPMs? (Don't start on source) Spent hours online looking for a gtk-html package and several more trying to get the right one.... ports.. no more hell..

Btw, Does anyone know of a linux that is more alike to FreeBSD? (in paths and management) And if you know of a ports like system for linux? (not gentoo...)
 
Old 12-22-2003, 01:34 AM   #12
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NONE! I compile everything I can from source.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 02:32 PM   #13
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Pacman is the best package manager out there.
Portage and ports are also great, bu pacman is the best.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 02:54 PM   #14
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Portage for my gentoo...
and apt for my debian.
I think portage and apt are both great.
 
Old 12-23-2003, 03:22 PM   #15
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I would rate as follows:

1. Portage - Gentoo
2. Ports - FreeBSD
3. Pacman - Archlinux
4. yum/apt - Fedora
5. rpm - Mandrake
 
  


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