Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Jun 2008 21:11 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE "Of all the community distributions, probably the least known is openSUSE. After two and a half years, the distro is not only still working out details about how its community operates - including how its governing board is elected - but also struggling to come out of the shadow of its corporate parent Novell, much as Fedora has emerged from its initial dominance by Red Hat. With the pending release of openSUSE 11.0, community manager Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier suggests that the distribution is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves. In the middle of preparations for the new release, Brockmeier took the time to talk with about the priorities within the community and its relation with the larger world of free software."
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RE[4]: speedy recovery
by steogede2 on Tue 17th Jun 2008 11:38 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: speedy recovery"
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Not wanting to turn this into a flame war about YaST, but...

opensuse is one the first distribution to have adopted lsb

yast is just a front end to reduce the need to use console...

you can use suse without using yast...

SuSE might be 'just a front end', however SuSEConfig (one of the main tools it is a front end to) is integral to making SUSE what it is. Yes, SuSEConfig can be disabled, but you lose a lot of what makes SUSE what it is.

Also, to say that the purpose of YaST is to 'reduce the need to use a console' completely ignores the fact that YaST is the only Linux system configuration tool which is equally usable in both a graphical and console environment (the only system configuration tool fullstop, AFAIK).

IMO SUSE has the most complete set of configuration tools of any distro, nothing else come close - and it often works without any problems. However, if you need to make changes outside of YaST or use certain non-SUSE packages (e.g. server software that interacts with other software configured by YaST), you would be well advised not to - unless you REALLY know what you are doing (i.e. are prepared to find and read documentation, config. files and even the occasional PERL script).

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