For someone who uses Arch Linux on almost every machine that passes through my hands, I seem to have spent a lot of time looking through Debian-based tools. Perhaps that’s a hint of my subconscious affiliation. …
The first is color. No, just kidding. 😉 The first is congruency: With very few exceptions that I know of, yaourt is almost command-for-command a match with pacman. Of course there are a few embellishments here and there, but I haven’t found anything yet that makes one or the other terrifically uncomfortable.
The second is transparency: What I really want as a bump up from pacman, is the ability to mesh cleanly with the AUR for searches and installation. I’m comfortable at this point in my Linux experience with installing “unsupported” software in Arch, and I’m generally clever enough to spot a malformed PKGBUILD and kick it into a working state. The only thing pacman lacks is the ability (permission?) to continue its searches and installs with the AUR.
But that’s enough about that. I think using yaourt puts me into a minority of Arch users. But it’s hard to tell because there are quite a few tools that embellish or boost pacman, and I know of no survey that sets us all into our individual camps.
To be honest, I’d prefer it stay that way. We’re all on the same team, whether you’re in with yaourt or pacman, Arch or Debian. One thing the world needs is a little less division. 😉