Posted by: Anonymous
on December 22, 2008 08:45 PM
Have you tried installing a binary package of KDE4 on Debian Etch? I guess not.... Or try getting xorg 1.5 on Etch, equal fun.... I have done it, and ended up with a system where I could no longer compile packages because of a mix of glibc, libc and gcc that was not balanced. So I had to choose either moving to Sid entirely, or stay with a half broken system.
Nix gives loads of overhead, but it is at least an effort to combine a stable base and up to date desktop packages... Debian has a fine package manager, but unless you want to mix versions, you will soon find yourself wanting more recent versions of packages.
I myself would have preferred more effort on Autopackage, but Nix is a fine attempt to unify platforms. If it means that software providers can now issue Linux versions without having to bother for dependencies, that is a big pluse...