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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Slackware vs SUSE
by Richard on Sun 15th Sep 2002 06:05 UTC

For those that don't know Slackware is considered newbie hell. I have heard many people say Slackware is hard to use, too hard for newbies, it is a RTFM distro.

Now thinking about users that get confused easily and looking at the screenshots of the YAST installer from this article. I wonder why they don't call SUSE newbie hell.

There is way too much data on the screen to take in. There is no process to follow. You might as well go back to the command line.

They should have little wizard thingys.
Install package
Select source of package
Check dependecies

Remove package
Select package to remove from list of installed ones (by date)
Check dependencies

For example on Slackware I would do something like this
#cd /var/log/packages
#removepkg jed-B0.99_15-i386-1

See simple two or three steps.

Why doesn't Yast have two big buttons "Install" and "Remove" on the front

Why does it have to be so complicated. Slackware isn't.

Slackware user since 2.2