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October 4, 2013 4:50:10 PM

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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October 4, 2013 4:57:42 PM
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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...?
October 4, 2013 5:55:17 PM

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?


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October 5, 2013 11:12:34 PM

I take it you didn't like Debian Stable?
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October 6, 2013 5:18:15 AM

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.
October 6, 2013 8:07:53 AM

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?


October 6, 2013 9:48:15 AM

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.
October 6, 2013 10:22:27 AM

Ok, don't forget to close the post.
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