Newbie query: Ubuntu vs openSUSE

Craig White craigwhite at
Fri Dec 23 23:27:13 UTC 2011

On Fri, 2011-12-23 at 22:15 +0000, Liam Proven wrote:

> I have experimented with automatic dependency resolution in YAST and
> found it quite poor. I've also played with YUM and URPMI and whereas
> they worked OK, I've heard far more horror stories about them than I
> ever have about apt-get.
I don't know about that but my experiences with rpm have mostly been RH
derived distributions (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora)
> Certainly, 21st century RPM has fixed most of the issues. It does now
> have dependency resolution and so on.
nope - none whatsoever - obviously you've confused it with something
> So, yes, the gap has narrowed, but still, even today, the Debian
> family don't have the admin tools that SUSE boasts, and the RPM-based
> distros don't have the elegant, mature package-management system that
> the Debian family do.
seems to me that you are trying to make major distinctions despite the
fact that the various tools seem to accomplish the same tasks with
relatively the same efficacy. Then again, it's been a long time since
I've played with YAST.

My experiences tell me that each distribution has some benefits and some
drawbacks compared to each other but the differences are not overly


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