Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 14th Sep 2002 22:44 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE From SuSE Linux 8.1 on, YaST2 comes with a new, powerful package manager. It supersedes the classic YaST2 single package selection and integrates the YaST Online Update (YOU) and post-installation add-on selection at the same time. It lays the foundation for supporting multiple installation sources like a traditional set of SuSE CDs, add-on product CDs, patch CDs, FTP servers or even local directories - all of which may contain software packages to install. Specially optimized versions were implemented for both graphical user interface (the YaST2 Qt UI) or text interface (the YaST2 NCurses UI), providing each type of user with the tool that best fits his needs. Read more for the commentary.
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RE: Features?
by Eugenia on Sat 14th Sep 2002 23:44 UTC

>Whats the deal? How is it diffrent/better than e.g.
Synaptic/KPackage/GnoRPM ?

It seems to be even more confusing UI-wise and as I wrote there, it is just yet another RPM package manager, with the add-in that can somewhat deal with dependancies.
None of these applications solve the problem though.

>and btw, is YaST2 opensource?

It does not really matter for the user. It might matter for the GPL followers, but most of the users don't care. To answer your question, YaST2 is open source, but it is not GPL. It has a restricted license. Thing is, that even the GPL ones, do not solve YaST2 package manager's problems either, so it doesn't really matter at this point.