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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Levels of abstraction (YaST = Good !)
by danny backx on Mon 16th Sep 2002 16:18 UTC

The screenshots on the SuSE web site only highlight
improvements.

Ideally you should work with or look into all of YaST,
not only the changed areas.

YaST allows an inexperienced user to select a set of
packages which is defined in a very simple way
(such as graphical install with office - not the
exact description as this is from memory).

YaST is a useful and powerful installation and
administration tool. The only downsides I know are :
1. slowish
2. won't run on my 8-year old PC in single user
installation mode (not enough memory)