Who hates package managers? I’ve certainly had teammates frustrated by package management, or annoyed by implementations (e.g. “npm is haunted”), but I’ve never met anyone who has maligned package managers in general or maligned the concept of package management.
Are these real people with software engineering experience? I can’t help but assume that anyone who says “I hate package managers” is maybe early in their career and unfamiliar with the problem-space that package managers fit in.
“Hate” is a bit strong, but I really dislike some package managers because of how complex they are and how complicated they make it to package/maintain software. I don’t dislike all package managers though.
I assumed after reading this article that the author was talking specifically about application developers who refuse to cooperate with package managers, and instead force users to get their warez through flatpak or something similar.