Jacman is a GUI frontend to the excellent pacman software management software that comes with the equally excellent ArchLinux.
Arch's philosophy is to keep things simple and to keep the user in control. Generally, GUI based configuration tools were deemed "anti-Arch" as they tended to contradict the philosophy by concealing functionality.
Whilst developing Jacman, it has been a design goal to not break the philosophy, but inevitably it does. Whilst Jacman is only a front-end to pacman, it doesn't provide access to all of pacman's functionality.
However, there was a reason for that! I wanted Jacman to provide a visual window for only a subset of common tasks: installing, removing, updating and re-syncing. Some people may like this, as it allows people to quickly explore which packages are available.
Here are some key features of "Jacman":
· installing new packages.
· updating installed packages.
· removing unwanted packages.
· rolling back packages to a previously installed version.
What's New in This Release:
· This release adds an improved look-and-feel, color highlighting of packages that are in-date or out-of-date (a la distrowatch), a bugfix to allow use of non-default pacman.conf, performance updates, and additional eye-candy improvements.