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Old 04-06-2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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GUI vs RPM and APT


Why should I concern myself only with a graphical front end rather than learning APT or RPM? Or are those really, really hard to learn?
 
Old 04-06-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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I've moved this to a new thread. Please do not jump into existing threads unless your question is directly relevant.

To answer your question, the choice between GUI tools and command-line tools is strictly personal. Command-line is faster, but the GUI is more user-friendly with less detail to remember. This is true for many things---not just package management.

Having settled into Arch, I cannot imagine package management any other way but pacman (command-line).......YMMV.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 05:56 AM   #3
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It was a direct reply to a specific statement in one of the last posts on that thread! And it is within the scope of the subject line of the thread. Is that not 'relevance?'
 
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Sorry if I misunderstood....the trick is to quote the statement (or entire post) that you are responding to. If I recall correctly, the thread was about choosing distros, and this post did not seem to fit.

Regardless, this thread now stands on its own. If you want to post another reply in the other thread, I promise to leave it alone!!

Good luck in your quest.....
 
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Why should I concern myself only with a graphical front end rather than learning APT or RPM? Or are those really, really hard to learn?
They're not hard at all. I in fact used them right from the start!

IMO GUI package managers are for people who are very afraid of a command line. I wasn't.

If you are comfortable with the command line, then go ahead! I think they're are actually simpler and more powerful.
 
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I think most modern distros are now investing in a GUI based form to attract Windows users as a
way of saying: "See, just like Add/Remove Programs"
 
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I think most modern distros are now investing in a GUI based form to attract Windows users as a
way of saying: "See, just like Add/Remove Programs"
I've never noticed that something like Synaptic was **anything** like Windows "Add/Remove Programs"....

Regardless, What I notice is that **many** newbies install Linux without ever knowing how powerful the package manager is----when it is in fact one of the ways that Linux is superior to Windows.
 
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I've never noticed that something like Synaptic was **anything** like Windows "Add/Remove Programs"....
Entitled to your opinion I guess, just thought maybe it was a GUI to maybe add or remove applications (my bad)
 
  


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