Gubuntu (Portage in Ubuntu) :)

Mario Vukelic mario.vukelic at
Thu Mar 24 16:33:19 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-03-24 at 11:28 -0500, sunmicroman wrote:

> Yup, that's about it. And IMHO, it is the best package
> manager/installer of any Linux distro on the planet.

When I tried Gentoo 2 years ago, portage only checked dependencies upon
install, but /not/ uninstall. Meaning that it was perfectly possible to
ruin a system be removing the wrong package. Has this changed since?

>  Better than
> apt-get and WAY better than yum. Mainly because it seems to have like
> 10X the software than any repository

Debian has ca. 15,000 packages in Sarge. I doubt Gentoo has as many
(couldn't find a number though), and in any case has not ten times

>  and gets updated daily. 

You can have the same thing if you run Hoary (or later Ubuntu
development branches). In fact, Hoary seems to be updated several times
a day.
Note that you can expect approximately the same stability from both:
things _will break if packages are distributed without intensive
Most users can't or don't want to put up with that, and it is the
distro's responsibility to assure stability. If a distro does that, it
can't update daily. It's a trade-off really. 
Users who can cope with distros that update daily have a wide choice
(Debian Sid, Ubuntu Hoary, and others), not just Gentoo

> I would
> love to see this incorporated into Ubuntu. I like Ubuntu and use it as
> my main distro simply because it saves me the hassle (and hours) of a
> Gentoo install (unless you use Jollix).

I would rather Ubuntu stays sane

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