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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RFCs not needed
by linux_baby on Sun 15th Sep 2002 04:59 UTC

> No matter if it is not truly SuSE's
> or Red Hat's or Mandrake's fault
> or not. The problem here is deeper
> and more... philosophical but I won't
> get into it this time.

Have you actually tried RedHat's new package manager? If RH's new package manager isn't dumb-easy to use, I don't know what is.

Actually, Joe user is not a cutting-edge software kind of guy. Typically, he isn't into updating software, so the so-called dependency hell is geek-talk more or less.

I have never used SUSE, but all the dists I use are making amazing progress. LSB is progress. UnitedLinux is progress. Things are not perfect, but they get better all the time, and at an amazing speed. Hey, windows came out many moons ago, but it only became stable and mature recently.

I think the Linux companies are really making progress. Let's cheer them on guys, lets show some appreciation for their hard work. Criticism and writing RFCs is actually the easy part. Writing code and doing work that actually helps make linux better is the hard part.

BEOS was a commercial company. No dependency hell. Single-source control. Excellent UI, according to Be zealots. It still failed anyway.