[volunteers] gruyere (Linode host) upgraded
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Dec 18 09:35:25 PST 2007
Quoting Warren Turkal (wturkal at gmail.com):
> Practically speaking, the most compelling reason to use aptitude is
> that the Debian documentation says that it's the preferred software
> for both package installation and upgrades.
As a Debian sysadmin for the past decade, I am acutely aware of this
and of the reasons usually cited, and so far have not found them
compelling. apt-get is lighter weight and a great deal less sluggish,
along with the generally more desirable default behaviour concerning
Recommends dependencies. The only significant thing aptitude does, that
apt-get doesn't, is something I don't find very useful: a full-screen
ncurses mode. Also, there are its searching abilities, which are
eminently available in other apt-suite tools such as apt-cache.
I continue to check occasionally, to see if matters have changed.
 See, for example, this post by my friend Joey Hess: "Aptitude" on
http://linuxmafia.com/kb/Debian/ . If you wish, I can tell you why I
fail to find each of his nine reasons compelling.
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