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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by Bill Sheehan on Sun 15th Sep 2002 20:53 UTC

Can we tone down the rhetoric, please? The new YAST2 interface is an improvement over the last YAST2, that much is clear. YAST2 is one of the reasons I find SuSE to be a superior distribution. It blows the socks off other Unices like Solaris's AdminTool.

But let's not be blinded to one simple fact: Elegant, it's not. I don't agree that it's a "hole in the water," but Eugenia makes a good point. A lot of Linux tools are created with the power user (or maybe just the designer him or herself) in mind. There's a lot of cruft. Maybe this is part of the price you pay for having an open-source distribution with contributions coming in from thousands of developers, but there's nothing wrong in wishing for a little attention to useability, design, and for lack of a better term, elegance.

It's user-friendly; it's just particular about its friends.

-- Bill