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

Elfy ub.untu at btinternet.com
Mon Sep 9 22:11:33 UTC 2013

On 09/09/13 19:48, James Freer wrote:
> 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.

Never seen apt manage to remove config files from my home - I'd really 
hope I never do.
>> 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.
> james


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