Overview of features

The key features of the package management systems that have been examined by this website are shown below in table format for quick comparison.

Features Dpkg Rpm Portage Pacman
Ease of  Use Yes Yes Yes Yes
Binary Compatibility Yes No N/A N/A
Used by many distributions Yes Yes No No
Graphical Frontends available Yes Yes Yes Yes
Handles DependenciesYes Yes Yes Yes
"Safe" System-wide updatesYes No Yes Yes
Many repositories availableYes Yes Yes Yes
(Note: Rpm package managers are notorious for dependency hell issues when upgrading many packages at once)