I have been an apt user since I first started messing around with Debian. I never used the graphical tools such as Synaptic. Now that I read Aaron Toponce’s convincing argument for using aptitude over apt, I’m wondering if it would be a good idea to change the old habits.
Not only is aptitude more consistent and better at removing orphaned packages. It also has a search function which usually returns more relevant results. For example if you search for “note”, apt will return about a hundred packages, half of which are open office, and KDE libraries. Aptitude returns around 10 results, and all of them are note-taking software packages. It also flags the installed packages with an i making the search results more human readable.
So what do you use? Good old apt, or aptitude, or perhaps something like wajig? Tell me. The poll below includes choices for non debian users as well:
Fell free to pimp your favorite package management system in the comments, even if it’s not debian based.
[tags]apt, aptitude, rpm, yast, yum, portage, package manager[/tags]