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: Your remark(s) are at best naive.
by Eugenia on Sun 15th Sep 2002 05:58 UTC

> What if you don't want package X installed on your system and yet it is required by package Y.

Then you don't get package Y and maybe you don't really want it. Fooling the system is not good either. If there is a real reason to not want package X, it means that you don't want it because it is going to screw up something, and if that is the case, then the screw up should be fixed and then install package Y. As I said in the article, by installing the libraries on the <folder of app>/lib/ folder, fixes most of the problems of breaking other things.

>Removing the flexibility of Unix to satify the "less skillful computer users" would be a really dumb stunt

No, it all depends WHERE you want to SELL your product. If your audience are plain users, you might indeed need to lose some of the unix flexibility. If your audience are power users, leave the functionality as is, but make it visible only via an "advanced" view.