AUR vs PPA’s

Over the last few days I have been experimenting with the AUR and building PKGBUILD’s from it, the AUR is the Arch User Repository and my god it is great. Not only is there a heap of software in it but its very easy to add and install software from.

Now, Ubuntu’s PPA’s on the other hand, which i used extensively when i used Ubuntu, are great, but they require constant management, because you are constantly adding, removing and changing around the PPA’s. Not to mention the fact that more often than not, many Ubuntu users will have upwards of 40-50 PPA’s added to their system at any one time.

The AUR on the other hand, requires much less maintenance, it only needs to be added once. After that you can either build the PKGBUILD’s by hand or use an AUR helper like yaourt. Either way, it’s very, very easy to use.

The other great advantage of the AUR is that dependencies of applications in the AUR are very unlikely to break your system because the packages are often only a little bit more bleeding edge than the packages in the other repositories.

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