When comparing XBPS vs Synaptic Package Manager, the Slant community recommends XBPS for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux package managers?” XBPS is ranked 7th while Synaptic Package Manager is ranked 9th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Extremely fast
Pro Can Detect Incompatibilities
XBPS can detect incompatible shared libraries or dependencies and gives you options before installing.
Pro Can Install Binaries or Build From Source
When installing software you can choose to install binaries or build it from source (natively or cross-compiled).
Pro Written from scratch
Pro Lots of features
XBPS can not only be used for installing/removing packages, but it can query for package info (such as version, dependencies, size etc), reconfigure packages, report and fix issues by modifying the package database, search for alternatives, manage local repositories and various other useful tools.
Pro Great and complete search
On other options it can be difficult to find the addons or dependencies . You will always find them in Synaptic.
Pro Full featured and easy to use
Pro Most functional package manager out there
Over the years Synaptic has survived while others try to be as good. The trend is towards simpler tools, but whenever you need functionality, synaptic usually trumps other options.
Con Not just one command to run
It's not a very big drawback, just not as convenient as one command with multiple options to remove and search for apps.
Con Slightly difficult old fashioned interface
While it is true that Synaptic is feature packed, it just so happens that a lot of the features are not inclusive of each other and using it often feels like herding cats. You'll note the endless number of categories, universe vs multiverse, custom filters and so on. It's great if you're into that sort of thing, but awful if you're just looking for a package.
It takes something that should be simple, and turns it into a complete mess.