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Re: [opensuse-factory] Status: distribution
  • From: Jay Mistry <jaylinux53@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 19:40:26 +0530
  • Message-id: <eaa0b8210909290710r23169237y2c71aec623f4f878@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Stay with it, Per. The people Novell/MS has now kept to keep openSUSE
running have lost the plot :-( : a multitude of repositories for
this-and-that and run by this-and-that-person; without any explanation
for a user as to which repo. does what and why. Nobody is really in
control, and the whole thing is going arse-up.

And if you look at any application name in YaST2 Software Manager you
will see that each entry (from all the ones I have looked at) show the
entry, "Supportability: unknown".

Now, this is most telling because the YaST2 rpm itself, which I
understand is something written by the SuSE people for SuSE/openSUSE,
has this description (Supportability: unknown) attached to it!

Ubuntu (using 9.04, x86 version) also has this - some packages are
supported by Canonical (*officially*) [1] till the time the particular
Ubuntu-version is supported, whereas some packages [2] are not
supported, these being third-party compiled & hosted mostly at
Launchpad (https://launchpad.net/+tour/index), rarely at another
blog/website (such as sourceforge.net). Launchpad may correspond
roughly-speaking to the OBS (oS Build Service) except that it hosts
packages mainly in .deb format : whereas
http://software.opensuse.org/search - the OBS hosts packages for a
number of popular Linux distributions in addition to openSUSE.

I find a greater proportion of packages to be natively supported in
Ubuntu as compared to openSUSE.

Jay

[1] http://www.imagebam.com/image/aaefd550495213
[2] http://www.imagebam.com/image/cab45f50495216

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