Linked by Adam S on Thu 19th Jun 2008 14:47 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
SuSE, openSUSE A new major release of Novell's community-supported distro openSUSE 11 is now available and can be downloaded from the mirrors. Linux Format has a hands-on look at the new installer, SLAB menu and Compiz Fusion, and weighs up whether the distro can fight competition from Ubuntu and Fedora. Is this the start of a new era for SUSE?
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Yast an issue?
by cjcox on Thu 19th Jun 2008 18:18 UTC
cjcox
Member since:
2006-12-21

Author says it's bad to have all configuration easily accessible. Believe that disjoint applications working differently is actually better?? What?!!

Yast is still a huge feature of openSUSE... may it never go away.

Also, author implies that Yast is monolithic, it's actually a modular architecture, you can call the modules individually. The Yast tools merely presents a single entry point by default so you don't have to remember all of the module names.

Yast works graphically in Gnome and KDE BUT, unlike the author's favorites tools (a discord mess of unlike utilities that force the user of an X server), Yast also works from a terminal... can also work across VNC... Yast is made for enterprises, not just mom & pop desktops.

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RE: Yast an issue?
by segedunum on Thu 19th Jun 2008 22:36 in reply to "Yast an issue?"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree about YaST. I was thoroughly confused about the comments in the article on it. While I'm not such a big fan of SLAB, be it in Gnome or in KDE as KickOff, dismissing YaST with superfluous and opinionated arguments turned me off the article completely.

For starters, Red Hat and Ubuntu simply don't have a unified set of configuration tools for administering your computer, and there are some large gaping holes in functionality on that front. What's more, you can use YaST from a console as well, and it's very useful. No other distribution has anything like that.

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