Pacman support booth short and long option names.packmans user-interface is even more stupid it looks like dpkg heck even the old debian non-recommend 2000 year old apt-get looks better and more comfortable at least you dont have to use combinations of 4 shortcut-keys to do stuff, everybody can learn easily apt-get update; apt-get upgrade, but who remebers packaman -Sy ( I had to look again ) -Syu its ok for console tools to have additionaly shurtcuts for people who want to use a command 100 times a day or so, but to not have --long-name option is just stupid. I stay to it, gentoos interface is way better and even debians bad console interface is better.
AUR has zero package...look at the quality of the packages in ubuntu-ppas and then look at AUR, you will see a big big quality difference. even the gentoo files I found in bugtrackers or somewhere else years ago had better quality.
The quality in the regular Arch repositories is good.
which interface?And its not just the interface, yes I am able to use even such a bad interface, I just think that its a bad sign if that tools arent that good.
PPA means personal package archive, I suppose that is package arcive. The problem with these is that either you restrict them to trustworthy individuals or you get a security hole. If you use binaries you need to know that the guy how did them was reasonably competent and not malicious. If you do this all people can not contribute.Arch can maybe be a ok distri I would not have mentioned it, when I just think its totaly bad, but at least for testing new stuff even ubuntu is better, the support from the ppas to test as example very new mesa builds is better than what garbage often lies in AUR.
If you instead contribute simple build script every one can contribute. The user can read them before he build and install the package. You should not build and install from AUR if you don't understand the PKGBUILDS. Arch has more than 40000 people registered and legitimated to contribute PKGBUILD package. As you can control the PKGBUILD before you use it the security is not lower than build package from scratch yourself.
AUR is notice-board with user contributed PKGBUILDS they works like them that is used to build the official package. But they are not the same. You can do what your like with them. The quality is shifting as regular user contribute them. And that is what is good with them.
Gentoo is a source dist. The user build theirs package before they install. Yes you do that with AUR but that is the only similarity. The packagebuild for the official Arch package is not in AUR. You can download them with ABS thought. They have good quality.Maybe my comparsion with gentoo is set to high, they had maybe there best days also behind them, back in the days I used it, latestly in a weak after something a bit bigger was released there were packages or build scripts at least in unstable, now they seem to work also more with 3rd party (and because of that often less quality) stuff.
You could consider PPA third part alsoThe only one I just found out who can deliver me that option in a non-3rdparty way is fedora: