People see Diversity in Linux, as Distribution. Beginner can see how a system can use many Desktop Environment. And coder can see that they can rewrite from one scripting language to another. This is true, but inaccurate. There are other frontier, that is actually fundamental, from the perspective of Operating System.
I do think that we need more focus on other main diversity as well such as
This will encourage beginner to go deeper, than just mainstream blogger topic, such as apt, systemd-based, and ext4-only. Enable broader range of discussion. Gain more diverse knowledge. Thus empower our beloved community.
But I could be wrong about that.
As a result, beginner should narrow how to choose their OS, from choosing distro to choosing package manager.
An enthusiast user should experience package management diversity in linux. And try each. Otherwise, most beginner would stuck, in the mainstream APT-based distribution, as you can see the fact in distrowatch top list.
Do not forget to read the manual first.
The issue with package management learning is, you have to live with it.
The downside of learning package manager is, the need of good internet connection.
There are a few methods.
Multiboot. But install so distribution many would be exhausted.
Virtualization such as Virtual Box. I only have dual core.
Docker or LXC. I actually use docker to learn other Portage and Slackpkg. This is suitable for my resource limitation. I do not use LXC anymore.
Live OS (not recommended). You cannot just use flash disk, trying some command line, and pretend you understand package manager.
Screenshot: Emerge in LXC
OS: Artix Linux (formerly Manjaro-OpenRC)
Window Manager: HerbstluftWM
Wallpaper: Original Wallpaper
I wish you luck
This is some mainstream Package Management in Linux.
APT: Advanced Package Tool
ALPM: Arch Linux Package Management
RPM: RPM Package Manager
XBPS: X Binary Package System
As for enthusiast user I give each source code. I am sure you all love manual. Why don’t we go further to read the source code ?
DPKG: C: Eight Years Ago
- No github yet
- No github yet
- No github yet
ALPM Frontend, ASP and AUR Helper”
ALPM = “Arch Linux Package Management”
Note that ABS tools is deprecated.
Package Query: C
Package Cache (deprecated abs)
RPM is special in a way that RPM has many front end implementation.
URPMI: Mageia: Perl
DNF (Dandified YUM): Fedora: Python
: Slackware: C
Package Cache (slackpkg)
Sol (eopkg replacement in Solus): C
Screenshot: Package Manager in LXC
Window Manager: Awesome (floating mode)
Running: pacman, emerge, yum, apt
A special case for AUR, there are so many way to Query AUR in one system.
I Didn’t Know What To Do Last Summer I still don’t know what to do today. So I play with AUR instead.
Screenshot: Query AUR
OS: Arch Linux
- Window Manager: HerbstluftWM
Thank you for Reading
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