[xubuntu-users] Is there a list for *ABSOLUTE* beginners with Xubuntu?

James Freer jessejazza3.uk at gmail.com
Mon Sep 9 18:48:30 UTC 2013

On Sun, Sep 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM, Ralf Mardorf
<ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>>         Apt and Synaptic are the best package management tools by far
>>         and *buntu repos the largest.
> Synaptic Package Manager is a front-end for apt, aka Advanced Packaging
> Tool.
> Is there any evidence for your claim that the *buntu repos are the
> largest repos? Are you aware that Debian and Ubuntu split software from
> upstream to several packages? Another distro could have less packages,
> but anyway provide more software than Ubuntu does, when they don't split

Sorry perhaps I slightly misled - Debian based distros seem to have
more software than other distros I have tried. Or perhaps more exactly
- they have had the packages I have liked without having to compile.

> Why do you consider the .deb based package handling by those tools as
> the best?

imho. I liked Smart when I used Opensuse and Gslapt on VL. Yum? Yast?
But none are perfect - I haven't got synaptic to remove config files
as it claims, neither has apt-get purge which is why I presume they
recommend using autoremove now - that does seem to remove all.

> The best I know (I don't claim that it's the best) is the
> package management Arch Linux does use and the tools for it. I build
> many packages for both, Debian/Ubuntu and Arch Linux and my experiences
> are different to yours, while I agree that Synaptic is a good tool,
> don't get me wrong, I'm only allergic against claims that something
> should be the best and that a distro that split packages should provide
> more software than other distros should do, when there are no evidences
> for it. It might be true, I never counted the provided software.

Pacman I believe is v.good. We are back to choice really - I find
Synaptic great for installing and searching for software and apt-get
for removal and cli use. It just seems a good working combination for
beginner and experienced alike. PCLoS is a distro I liked in many ways
but repos I thought were small.


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