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: Debian vs. Yast
by Eugenia on Sun 15th Sep 2002 00:31 UTC

> The package management looks like it's designed to satisfy power users / system administrators who need easier ways to deal with conflicts

There should be no conflicts. If there are, these should only happen in very few cases and they should be easily resolved. That would be a good OS design.
I truly not think that this manager serves the power users/admins either. The UI itself is a disaster, no matter if you are a power user or not.
MacOSX and WinNT/2k are also server OSes, and they don't need this kind of package management. Therefore, something else is wrong. Not the package manager itself. But the root of it.