Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap (Linux.com)
Posted Jul 14, 2006 17:37 UTC (Fri) by hazelsct
Parent article: Smart Package Manager: a better mousetrap (Linux.com)
I'm not following the hype. From what I can see, the only advantages of Smart over apt are:
- Support for Slackware packages (apt already has .deb and .rpm)
- Parallel download and decompress (apt already does resume)
- Telnet (??!!) backend for downloads (apt can mix multiple HTTP, FTP, CD and local/NFS file sources)
- Better dependency resolution in one or two extremely rare corner cases
With all of the rough edges, why not just tweak apt to get the same results?
Furthermore, apt is not a stationary target. It recently added differential Packages download, so one need only download recent changes to the Packages files instead of the whole thing. Does Smart have this?
Like I said, I'm not following the hype...
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