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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Ever time I use Windows, I ask, "where did my emerge go." Instead of just doing a simple command, I have to go to all the trouble of finding a package, going through a braindead installation procedure (who cares where the package is installed?) and as often as not, I have to manually fix the damage the installer does to my desktop and start menu (I don't use my desktop, and I don't want freaking website links in my startmenu, thank you). In comparison, advanced Linux distros (that would be Debian or Gentoo) make software installation seem dead easy. No matter how "intuitive" you make setup.exe, its still overkill for something dead-simple. I guess if you want to make it complex and put a GUI on it, you could make a simple hierarchy of applications with a simple checkbox next to each, which would be the functional equivilent of emerge <something>. But that's as complex as it needs to get.