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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A thumbs up for power users
by Henri Yandell on Sun 15th Sep 2002 05:20 UTC

As someone who runs SuSE professional as an internet server [two actually, 7.1 and 8.0] SuSE's YaST has increasingly grown on me. When I first started using SuSE as a workstation machine, Red Hat users gave me all this advice that failed to work. I eventually realised this was because you have to do things the SuSE-way, that is use YaST.

It had failings originally, but the version in 8.0 has yet to surprise or hurt me. Many thanks to SuSE for providing me with a program management tool which happily works without being a GUI. I've no clue how I would do such a thing on OS X, and even less clue how such a thing would be done on a Windows OS.

I know I don't represent a typical 'user' in Eugenia's view, but I'm still waiting for OS X and Windows updaters to get as easy to use as YaST. OS X insists on rebooting the machine [won't let me turn off] and spends a lot of time 'optimising' with no information about what is going on. Users may accept magic, but they don't like it.

Windows on the other hand keeps forcing me to reboot when I install stuff, probably a bit more than OS X, but it's getting more even. It also has this weird thing where it will only allow certain things to be updated at a time, and apparantly updates can tie me into different legal contracts. Lastly, I've always found the Windows updater to be quite obscure about just what is being updated beyond 'Internet Explorer Fix 7.2' or whatever.