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migrating to other linux distro's?

ok guys, I have been having a little problem migrating to other linux distros. I have always used debian based distros from the day I started using linux (not too long, as I am only 14) but with increasing issues with drivers and bloated distros I have decided to move over to other distros. I am starting to use arch, I already have a system up, with the xfce desktop environment and a few packages(one of the most fun os setups I have ever used, love the command line install, impressed with the customization) but I am having a hard time adapting. the pacman installer just feels wierd to me and I would like apt/aptitude -get back. is there any way to get the aptitude installer in arch linux? if so, how?
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    Here is the list of Pacman commands, and their counterparts:

    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman_Rosetta

    Based on what I can tell though, getting the apt-get command lines on Arch Linux wouldn't work out terribly well, and might cause serious issues with your OS, as it's mostly integrated into Pacman pretty heavily:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2055072

    There's a thread discussing the idea of doing what you're talking about.

    I think picking up the new terminal commands for Arch might be easier in the short and long run than trying to rebuild your OS to use apt-get.

    You might try another debian based install instead? Linux Mint or Ubuntu...?
  2. I installed and tried-out SCIENTIFIC LINUX (RedHat Enterprise) at Ms AMDgurls suggestion. Easy install. Using it feels like tossing paper-airplanes while standing on a **block of granite**. But ... it will not easily run all the software an UBUNTU variant can & I am a spoiled ol' fart.

    SL is worth your consideration.

    thesupergeek said:
    ok guys, I have been having a little problem migrating to other linux distros. I have always used debian based distros from the day I started using linux (not too long, as I am only 14) but with increasing issues with drivers and bloated distros I have decided to move over to other distros. I am starting to use arch, I already have a system up, with the xfce desktop environment and a few packages(one of the most fun os setups I have ever used, love the command line install, impressed with the customization) but I am having a hard time adapting. the pacman installer just feels wierd to me and I would like apt/aptitude -get back. is there any way to get the aptitude installer in arch linux? if so, how?
  3. I take it you didn't like Debian Stable?
  4. You could alias commands in Arch with those that you're used to. I think this will just add confusion for you in the long run though.
  5. Debian stable alone **FAILED** to install from the distro-set I tested. SUSE, MINT, SL & UBUNTU all installed. Of those SL impressed the most, but I settled on U_12.04 as most lusr-friendly.

    wiinippongamer said:
    I take it you didn't like Debian Stable?
  6. 8350rocks said:
    Here is the list of Pacman commands, and their counterparts:

    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman_Rosetta

    Based on what I can tell though, getting the apt-get command lines on Arch Linux wouldn't work out terribly well, and might cause serious issues with your OS, as it's mostly integrated into Pacman pretty heavily:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2055072

    There's a thread discussing the idea of doing what you're talking about.

    I think picking up the new terminal commands for Arch might be easier in the short and long run than trying to rebuild your OS to use apt-get.

    You might try another debian based install instead? Linux Mint or Ubuntu...?


    tried all the "best" decided to stick with the original commands.
  7. Ok, don't forget to close the post.
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