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 Cesar Cardoso on Sun 15th Sep 2002 01:38 UTC

Yes, apt is a WONDERFUL tool, `apt-get update ; apt-get upgrade' is the easiest way of making a system updated in any OS.

In stable and frozen systems, apt works as advertised - and even better. But the reality is only servers and dead people use stable, and testing/frozen seems going the same way, so people are using unstable. And, in unstable, it relies havily on the quality of packages - I wonder I find someone tracking Debian unstable for some time that one day saw his system unusable because of a badly done package/set of packages.

apt is great, but it doesn't substitute the human factor. As any updating system for any OS won't substitute, even if Apple and Microsoft and Eugenia thinks that it could.