I was a very devoted Elementary OS user (I used Elementary 0.2 for more than a year and a half) but in the last year I've moved to Fedora 20 for stability reasons. Elementary OS is an awesome OS, but I need a more stable OS because I work with Big Data and Machine Learning.

I really liked the dnf package manager (from Fedora, CentOS, etc.) and I also loved the pacman (Arch Linux) package manager. I know that apt is derived from Ubuntu, but there's any plans on switching to a new package manager in the near future?

apt is awnkward, ugly and everything crashes with it. Elementary OS is the Linux distribution of the future (at least for the end-user), this great system don't deserves apt. It deserves something better, faster and prettier than apt.

Any plans on that?

Thank you!

  • What's wrong with apt.It is very good and has a lot of software
    – Suici Doga
    Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 13:45
  • Have you ever used DNF or Pacman? If not, please use them for some weeks and you'll see the difference between them. Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 18:41

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There are not any plans to switch away from Debian/apt at this time


Ubuntu itself is apparently working on replacing Deb packages with Snappy apps, and GNOME is working on cross-distro sandboxed applications.

I wouldn't be surprised if one of these projects made it into Ubuntu LTS, which could get rolled into Elementary. To be clear, that's 100% speculation on my part. That said, folks from upstream projects definitely are working on new packaging tools.


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