> I am making the big move to opensuse 11 and wanted to find out about
> package mgmt. I know YAST is the system configuration tool and
> installer, but then I read a bit about zypper.
> I want to learn the command line and “behind the scenes” stuff, so I
> don’t have to point and click like windows, but also like how well it
> works out of the box…
> What is the best way to install packages, ensuring dependencies are
> met, check for broken things, etc.?
You have a very good zypper article in openSUSE’ wiki:
One of the advantages of the ‘big’ distros (OpenSUSE, Debian, RH/Fedora) is that they are intended for both desktop and server usage, and that means that they usually give you both command line and gui methods of doing stuff. So, its a choice, where some of the smaller distros don’t give you the choice of methods.
It is particularly convenient to be able to use the ncurses version of yast if something is broken with the gui (or the gui version of yast itself) and you need to be able to grab a new package to fix it.