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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.
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.
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...)