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 KainX on Sun 15th Sep 2002 22:17 UTC

That actually happens to you? I find it hard to believe that anyone would be so stupid as to write software that requires an *exact* version of a *system-wide* DLL. Luckily Windows XP handles these programmer errors automatically.

No, you've entirely missed the point. Often the software itself comes with a different version of the DLL with an older date. Whether or not the newer one will work is a toss-up thanks to Microsoft's development practices.

Yes, older versions of Windows complain when programmers are so dense that they try to force the entire system to use one specific version of a DLL. Intelligent developers know how to place such DLL's in the application's folder.

Not the case. See above.

For the next major version of Windows (Longhorn?), Microsoft should make the old software installation API's completely incompatible and force everyone to use the Windows Installer - but make it freely available. The problem is that there are just too many third party setup programs out there, and they do not all behave very well.

You obviously have a very different philosophy on operating systems than I have. I believe in freedom and in the fact that there's more than one way to accomplish any task. You seem to believe in forcing people to do things your way or not at all.

This is also Microsoft's philosophy. So please, by all means, continue using Windows. I, for one, would prefer that such philosophies never infect the Linux community.