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Are you on Debian and keep missing packages or want some of the latest applications on top of your stable system? Say hello to the brand new Debian User Repository in the style of the Arch User Repository. It only got announced a couple of days ago so it's very fresh-faced and so there's not many packages yet, but it could end up being something revolutionary for Debian - perhaps anyway.

The creator, Hunter Wittenborn, mentioned how they initially started off developing makedeb, which makes Debian packages from Arch PKGBUILDs as they loved "Arch Linux's simple and efficient PKGBUILD format for creating packages". Another project, mpm, came later as a package manager for makedeb to make it even easier. So the Debian User Repository seems like the natural evolution of their ongoing work.

As an Arch Linux user myself (there's a joke there somewhere…) thanks to EndeavourOS making the setup easy I've found the Arch User Repository to often be an invaluable tool.

What do you think? Will you use it or contribute to it or do you not like the idea of it? Let us know in the comments.

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heidi.wenger 28 Jun, 2021
Quoting: axredneck
Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääWhat about the security aspect as some instances are pushing these "convenient" ways to install stuff? The authors of these packages cannot automatically be trusted and confirmed, so on. The software pulled from this "Arch style repo" are not sandboxed like snaps and flatpaks can be
You can (and have to) manually read the PKGBUILD before installing.

huh a normal user certainly does not read nothing. at least those mentioned ways of snaps and flatpacks are in sandbox so the carelessness does not matter!
slaapliedje 28 Jun, 2021
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Quoting: heidi.wenger
Quoting: axredneck
Quoting: Perkeleen_VittupääWhat about the security aspect as some instances are pushing these "convenient" ways to install stuff? The authors of these packages cannot automatically be trusted and confirmed, so on. The software pulled from this "Arch style repo" are not sandboxed like snaps and flatpaks can be
You can (and have to) manually read the PKGBUILD before installing.

huh a normal user certainly does not read nothing. at least those mentioned ways of snaps and flatpacks are in sandbox so the carelessness does not matter!
Normal users probably shouldn't run Arch (yeah, I know that is a gatekeeper atitude, but it goes for any rolling release distribution, also Fedora. 😜)
One of the biggest problems with AUR is that most packages end up becoming orphaned as the person building it stops using Arch, or other reasons. And then due to the rolling nature, you end up with old PKGBUILDs that will no longer compile.

On the flip side, maybe we can get Librewolf in Debian!
innguy 28 Jun, 2021
I am an Arch user (Manjaro). I probably wouldn't use it if it wasn't for AUR. I don't know if I would switch to Debian anyway because I like a rolling release distribution, but it would be an interesting addition to Debian.

Innguy
Shmerl 28 Jun, 2021
I'm using Debian testing which is semi-rolling and only wish the freeze period would be shorter and not like some half a year plus.
Nibelheim 28 Jun, 2021
Hello Debian users. Have fun with one of the best Arch feature ;).
dpanter 28 Jun, 2021
Quoting: innguyI like a rolling release distribution
Let me tell you about Siduction then.
sigmich 28 Jun, 2021
Main reason I don't use Debian a while are outdated Nvidia drivers because I need stable branch for some specific software. Could DUR be used also for installing graphic drivers?
Purple Library Guy 28 Jun, 2021
Liam said:
QuoteAs an Arch Linux user myself
Maybe you should try taking things more seriously, then.


Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 28 June 2021 at 7:01 pm UTC
STiAT 28 Jun, 2021
I do not really mind older software, but for newer kernels, drivers and mesa. Package-whise debian hardly misses anything.

So that's pretty much useless to me.
denyasis 28 Jun, 2021
I'm not against the idea. Especially for project that can't be incorporated into Debian due to licensing, etc.

Given the number of 3rd part debian repos already out there, I'm not sure how well it'll be adopted, but I really like the idea of a unified 3rd party repo
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