[CentOS-devel] Why not a fusion between CentOS and SL?
lowen at pari.edu
Thu Mar 24 11:56:07 EDT 2011
On Thursday, March 24, 2011 11:42:30 am Dag Wieers wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Mar 2011, Lamar Owen wrote:
> > Or we could all still be on apt-rpm and still be having multilib and
> > related issues. And while synaptic is still far and away the best
> > package management GUI out there bar none, the apt-rpm backend has (or
> > at least had) significant issues at that time.
> Hey !
HiHi! :-) I figured you'd reply, Dag.... in a good way, of course.
> There was nothing wrong with apt-rpm, I've been using it until
> November last year on CentOS-5 before I switched to RHEL6. The multi-lib
> problems were exagerated and fixed,
As the fix occurred after I switched off of the apt-rpm setup (I had apt-rpm primarily to get the excellent DAG repo running on one box and Axel's repo running on another) to a fully yum setup (with no really useful GUI; that was the bummer), at least until F8, after which I did the Grand two-year Kubuntu Experiment (from 7.04 up through 9.04; I never had that much trouble with Fedora's KDE!) and then back to F11.... And while I am less than thrilled with any of the PackageKit GUI's, it is what it is. One can always dream that a real 'synaptic for RPM' could happen.....
> the biggest problem was the lack of
> development after the main developer moved to Conectiva, and the second
> maintainer to Red Hat.
Those are the issues to which I referred....
> But I do prefer python over C++ anytime, though speedwise it was
At the time I last used it, synaptic could have all the updated headers downloaded, I could have my new selections made, and the update could be halfway done before the yumex of that time had finished updating the yum cache. Yumex is still not a speed demon, that's for sure. This is one place the Ubuntu and Debian updaters excel: they are wicked fast. But no presto; and on slower lines and for bigger updates presto is a major win.
But the apt-rpm code is not the easiest code in the world, and you're very right: my preference to the maintainability of python over C++ means that I'll just have a less useful GUI for real package managment. At least until either I get motivated enough to do it, or someone else gets motivated enough to give packagekit that powerful synaptic goodness.
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