View Full Version : Best Linux Package Managers

March 14th, 2009, 10:27 PM
Hey guys. I've been touring several Linux distro's and have found some differences between them, but mostly I've found what seems to make or break a Linux distribution is it's package manager. There are many package managers out there and I've only tried a few so I'm interested to hear what package manager you think is best.

Debian's package manager is good. It runs with little overhead, resolves dependencies accurately, and alot of other distro's use it. But what about others?

Of the ones I've tried. There's emerge (Gentoo's package manager) that has a good more overhead but is very good at resolving dependencies and creating custom builds. It is also very easy to remove unresolved dependencies and doing system-updates. I've also tried pacman (Arch's package manager) which I like alot. Follows the KISS philosophy, updating is quick, provides good feedback, removing a package and dependencies can be done with "pacman -Rs <package>" but finding orphaned dependencies takes a bit of a trick. I know there are a good deal of other package managers out there. Which ones do you like and why?

March 14th, 2009, 10:37 PM
Pacman, and KDEmod's Shaman GUI frontend.

March 14th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Pacman with yaourt is great.

I like apt-get equally (or aptitude for that matter, but always use apt-get to be consistent).

March 14th, 2009, 10:51 PM
apt-get is my favorite

I do like yum though =].

March 14th, 2009, 11:36 PM
I tend to favor yum, and pkgtool. I was a little hesitant on the latter, but it's grown on me! :-P

March 14th, 2009, 11:42 PM
Pacman all the way. :D

March 14th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Top 3 list:
1. Pacman
2. tazpkg
3. apt-get

March 15th, 2009, 12:00 AM
Pacman & Conary

March 15th, 2009, 12:03 AM
Synaptic Package Manager is essential for me, I wouldn't ever want to be without it.

March 15th, 2009, 12:05 AM
I prefer portage over all else although pkgsrc with Linux is a really interesting idea that I haven't been able to properly test yet.

March 15th, 2009, 01:25 AM
I think that pacman is the best package manager I've tried, simple to use and very powerful. I think my list goes like this:
Pacman > Yum > Apt

March 15th, 2009, 01:28 AM
i like apt-get with synaptic gui.

chucky chuckaluck
March 15th, 2009, 01:31 AM
pacman+yaourt, synaptic for gui.

March 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM

March 15th, 2009, 01:43 AM
1. apt-get and Synaptic for a good frontend.
2. pacman

I really like some of apt's features like the autoremove option and things like --purge. Pacman is also very powerful and I like it's simplicity.

March 15th, 2009, 02:06 AM
lin and cast

March 15th, 2009, 02:23 AM
Pacman and apt-get are equally good.

March 15th, 2009, 02:52 AM
Pacman with Shaman GUI front end.

March 15th, 2009, 02:53 AM
Yum with KPackagekit integrates perfectly with KDE and never had a problem with it.

March 15th, 2009, 03:10 AM
I like pacman and apt-get myself.

March 15th, 2009, 04:16 AM
I've tried OpenSUSE's GUI frontend to yum that's pretty cool but it tended to full in half the tree. Haven't tried pkgtool yet though I know it has a good following.

March 15th, 2009, 05:35 AM
Pkgtool, and the other package utilities in Slackware (i.e. installpkg), are very... manual, I suppose. I love them! :) I've already posted this before, but...


I have too much spare time.

March 15th, 2009, 05:57 AM

March 15th, 2009, 06:15 AM
pacman and apt-get.

March 15th, 2009, 06:18 AM

March 15th, 2009, 09:38 AM
re: Best linux package managers

March 15th, 2009, 05:39 PM
One more vote for pacman.

March 15th, 2009, 05:45 PM
I'll have to give pacman a shot. So far I like apt-get a lot, but I can't stand yum.

March 15th, 2009, 05:46 PM
I'll have to give pacman a shot. So far I like apt-get a lot, but I can't stand yum.

Give yourself over to Arch. Come to the Dark Side. We have Cookies.

March 15th, 2009, 05:58 PM
Mmm... cookies.

March 15th, 2009, 06:00 PM
1: pacman + shaman - arch
2: apt-get + synaptic - ubuntu
3: zypper or yast (the latter is a little slow but things are categorized good) - OpenSuSE

March 15th, 2009, 06:09 PM
Pacman + yaourt.

March 15th, 2009, 06:20 PM
We have Cookies.

You forgot about the light sabres ;)

March 15th, 2009, 06:26 PM
apt-get (Debian+Ubuntu)

aptitude (Debian+Ubuntu)

pkgsrc (UNIX)

March 15th, 2009, 06:37 PM
Forgot to mention abs in Arch. Probably one of the only reasons why I still use it.

March 15th, 2009, 07:09 PM
Give yourself over to Arch. Come to the Dark Side. We have Cookies.

What about the brownies? :(

And I am another fan of Pacman. Nice, simple, easy to use and package for. What more could you want? ;)

March 15th, 2009, 07:34 PM
pacman, yaourt, abs

i dont need to other package managers ... :P

March 15th, 2009, 07:36 PM
My new list:
1 Pacman
2 Yaourt
3 Powerpill
4 Shaman (Pacman)

Simian Man
March 15th, 2009, 07:43 PM
yum is my favorite. Simple, fast, great CLI (unlike apt) and cool plugins. Pacman is great too, but not worth having to use Arch (in my opinion).

People who like apt best, I think, either haven't tried others, or haven't tried others in 3+ years.

March 15th, 2009, 07:54 PM
apt-get (Debian+Ubuntu)

aptitude (Debian+Ubuntu)

have nothing to say :popcorn: