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Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on June 28, 2008 06:55 AM
"Ubuntu's package management implementation constitutes a significant enticement for the potential switcher in its own right. However, building packages from source is unavoidable when a desired package isn't in the repositories or the version in the repositories is out of date."

I have no idea what this means. Compiling is not unique to gnu/linux, and calling it unavoidable seems like you are listening to too many trolls.

Implicit in this argument though is a real problem. apt breaks from time to time. I have installed Ubuntu on maybe 10 different systems, and never had any of the above 10 problems. Not saying they don't exist. Only that I cannot comment on them with experience, except for the compiling one.

However, from time to time, apt breaks things. Unmet dependencies, network errors, or other reasons causes some problem where the system is broken. Usually I can fix it, but it is not always easy. Just tried to install vlc on one computer, and it broke things. Can't install anything else, or even remove it easily. Apt should NEVER break. ever.

My mother uses Ubuntu, and has no problems with any of the booting, resolution, etc. But if apt ever breaks (so far so good), it is going to be trouble. A broken app can be reinstalled. A broken package manager hoses the system.


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