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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"Never the less, Debian testing & unstable experience dependancy problems. Unless you run unstable and don't update for a few months you won't (to my experience) have an unresolvable dependancy."

Yeah this is my experience with Debian pretty much. I've been running unstable both on my server and desktop for sometime now and I haven't any problems with it. apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade is all you need. To tell you the truth I've only seen a dependecy problem once when I upgraded from potato to woody ages ago. I can't remember exactly what it was (that was how trivial it was) and the fix could be found in all the standard places like Debian Planet etc. very simple. The updates are fairly quick on most packages (the large ones like X and KDE being the exception) so you'll have to supplement your sources.list with unofficial archives to keep semi up-to-date on the large ones.

What I would like to see is a bastardization/merging of the portage and apt-get systems. That way you could install debian style packages for stuff you don't really care about or use ebuilds to set up for the debian system for the bleeding edge stuff you want optimize. Yes Debian does have deb-src and it does a good job of compiling packages at that. However, think some of the Debian binaries are out of date, holy monkey deb-srcs are worse (perhaps I just chose the wrong packages to compile *L*).

Troll Begins Here:

As for Redhat and Mandrake (the AOL of Linux) I won't touch with a 10ft pole (both are a pain in the ass to upgrade compared to Debian although I hear Redhat has a version of apt-get for RPMs now). They are plagued with really strange filesystem setups (almost seems like they move stuff around just to piss people off) as opposed to the Debian Filesystem Hierarchy Standard,non standard packages, fairly lax security, and in some cases just plain unstable even when compared to Debian Unstable (Mandrake big time on this one).

As for the Windows champions on here..... two words:
Code Red :-p