Time and ease really isn't a factor here with this package and not being managed is irrelevant also. These things can be an issue with other applications but I really don't see your point in this case.
I agree that time isn't a factor in this case, but ease and management are.Ease:Install Atop From DEB:
sudo gdebi atop_1.26-2_amd64.deb
(Tested on Lubuntu 14.04 AMD64. Success!
)Install Atop From Source Code:
tar -xzf atop-2.2-3.tar.gz
(Tested on Lubuntu 14.04 AMD64. Failed!
There are fewer steps to install from DEB, and they are simpler, because you don't have to worry about knowing which init system you're running, or worry about dependencies (if using a package manager to install the DEB).Management:
If installing the DEB using a package manager, you don't need to check for dependencies, as long as your repos can satisfy the dependencies the package-manager will install them if needed. That said, many distros will likely have atop's dependencies pre-installed. On Lubuntu 14.04 AMD64 the recursive dependency list is: gcc-4.9-base, libc6, libgcc1, libncurses5, libtinfo5, lsb-base, multiarch-support, zlib1g. If you ever forget that you've installed atop and try to install it again, because the install was managed, you'll be told it's already installed. The package manager can also help prevent you from accidentally removing anything atop depends on.
In my opinion, Installing from a DEB is easier, faster, and once installed it's less work for the user, because it's managed. Many people use distros that are centered around a package management system, because they find it convenient, and so some users may not want to have this one application (atop) that is manually managed. I'm not suggesting there is anything wrong with compiling from source, or that installing from a DEB is better, just pointing out that some people using a distro like Ubuntu, which is centered around DEB usage, may find compiling from source inconvenient. It's completely understandable why the developer doesn't provide a DEB (if I were him I likely wouldn't), but that doesn't change the fact that there are concequences to this decision. I suspect that many Ubuntu, Debian, Ubuntu derivative, and Debian derivative users are probably running outdated versions of atop merely out of the convenience of being able to install using a DEB from the repos and having the package managed.
Thanks for the download links!
she wasn't interested in Linux Mint, though I did engage her with an hour of discussion.
If you talked about for an hour then perhaps you've sparked enough interest that one day when she's feeling adventurous she'll google it. Once you start googling Linux, it's only a matter of time before you end up trying a distro.