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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Oy, more.
by M. Howard on Sun 15th Sep 2002 03:41 UTC

Hey, about the windows reinstalls, I just want you to know that the windows partition on my Athlon XP 1900+ system now is a Windows installation that started as Windows 3.1 and has progressed over the years up to Windows XP now, and it runs just fine... well, as far as that can be said for windows ;)

Anyway, I just wanted to mention that a major idea in the manual complex dependency resolution is to provide you with more choice... what if you have some older proprietary software that will only run with an older version of glibc (this is just an example, don't get technical here), but some newer SuSE packages need a newer version. When you try to install the packages, it says, "HEY WHOA!" and explains what is going on. Now, you can figure out what you want to do and take care of it.

OR, the package manager could automatically take care of it for you and... uh... how would it do that automatically? Yeah I bet it's wondering too! ;)