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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Eugenia the Grouch?
by Bill Sheehan on Sun 15th Sep 2002 00:16 UTC

Sheesh, this is the second negative review I've read on this site in two days, and both times the reaction is difficult to understand.

I've been using SuSE for many moons, and this version of YAST looks better than ever. The install is reminscent of the one RedHat rolled out in its latest betas. The little item about the dependencies is just what has been needed for a long time - do you know what a pain in the tuchus it is to find this stuff with current package managers? The phrase "Don't try this at home" is an American colloquialism that I don't think you quite understood. When a television personality is about to do something manifestly unwise, he'll say, "Don't try this at home." It doesn't mean it's safe for work.

If SuSE 8.1 is as difficult to install on my laptop as SuSE 8.0 was, I'll complain bitterly and ad nauseam. But YAST2 Next Generation looks like a good professional interface, and it bodes well for the forthcoming release.

Meantime, Eugenia, chill out for heaven's sake. I love your work, and I'd hate to see you go over to the Dark Side. We already have Dennis Powell and John C. Dvorak - we don't need another hypercritical cynic.

-- Bill