[kwlug-disc] What's the best desktop distribution?

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Thu Feb 4 13:04:32 EST 2010


On Thu, Feb 04, 2010 at 07:53:46AM -0500, Lori Paniak wrote:
> 
> In a deb-based system, I can upgrade *all* installed applications and
> the OS with two lines:
> 
> apt-get update
> apt-get upgrade

.... provided you have installed ONLY packages from APT repositories.
This has always been an issue with Perl modules, but it is getting
worse with Ruby gems and Drupal modules and who knows what else. I am
increasingly growing to believe that Debian package management is
ill-suited for the kinds of applications people actually want to run. 

At some point a Gentoo advocate will speak up and tell me why the
underlying problem lies in binary package formats. I can believe it,
but I am not sure that Gentoo is the right answer either. 

Sigh.

- Paul




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