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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Why not..?
by Torrey on Sun 15th Sep 2002 00:58 UTC

I have been using Red Hat's NULL beta for a couple of weeks. I'm a windows convert...
It seems to me what Linux needs is a universal installer VM. Instead of compiling RPMs and such for every single processor, the developer could release a Java like file that would then run and install on any distro that used this service (obviously it would only work of all the distros used it.. or astleast the major ones). What the Install VM would do is configure the file for you system and install it also it would resolve dependancies.
Now, why this is better than APT or RPM is because the developer releases one file and not a file for PPC or i386 and i686 and so on. But it's more than just compiliing the source code your self.. because it's auotmated and resolves dependancies.

I have no idea how possible this is.. but it seems like a good idea and I believe that at some point something like this will happen.