16
May
07

Kubuntu and openSUSE Head to Head (Part 1)

Starting Today I’m Going to Blog about Ubuntu vs openSUSE Head To head .Since Ubuntu has become my Biggest Passion.

Today I analyze Yast and Installing/Uninstalling Packages In bOth the distributions

1.YAST

OpenSUSE biggest advantage is that it has yast bundled with its distribution,it makes administrating your pc so hassle free It has all the elements that one needs

A.Install/Uninstall packages

B.Add devices,configure them

C.User management

D.All network tools needed for running any kind of server

A feature of YaST is that it contains both GUI and ncurses frontends. This is especially useful for non-GUI installations and for system administration over slow Internet connections.

YaST’s display configuration module is called SaX2 (which stands for SUSE Automated X configuration, version 2).

Yast went GPL sometime back but it hasn’t been included in any of other distributions ,only openSUSE has it as far as i know.

So this is a very Big Plus Point of openSUSE.

I’ll give 4/5 for this to openSUSE.

2.Package dependency’s

Everyone who uses Linux especially rpm base distro’s know how troublesome is to install any packages

RPM has also been criticized for a lack of consistency in package names and content (termed ‘dependency hell’) which can make automatic dependency handling difficult. However, this is not a problem inherent in the RPM format, but rather a problem of co-ordination amongst major Linux distributions that use RPM in packaging such as Red Hat Linux, SUSE, and Mandriva Linux. When using packages that are from a particular distribution (say Red Hat Linux) or built for a particular distribution (for example Freshrpms for Red Hat Linux[2]), tools such as yum or apt can perform automatic dependency checking. The number of unused dependencies is this format’s biggest drawback. Unlike some source RPMs (SRPM), dependencies built into binary RPMs are mandatory. The problem with this is that developers often compile-in everything they think an end-user is likely to need, resulting in unused software, wasted disk space, and potential security vulnerabilities. Mandriva Linux uses the tool urpmi to help with this problem.

I personally have gone through this Hell and i know how difficult it is for a Linux noob to use it I guess openSUSE gets a 1/5.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu Has Advanced Packaging Tool, or APT, is a package management system used by Debian GNU/Linux and its derivatives. APT simplifies the process of managing software on Unix-like operating systems, by automating the retrieval, configuration and installation of software packages, either from binary files or by compiling source code.

Here You don’t have to worry about getting Library’s or solving dependency’s Apt does it all in a jiffy ,So just select the software you want to install and get a cup of coffee.Back from the break and your Software is installed(Provided You have A Broadband connection,In India still majority of people don’t have broadband ,but the situation is improving)

I’ll give Ubuntu/Kubuntu for package management 5/5

In The next Part I’ll Review Installation And Administration.

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4 Responses to “Kubuntu and openSUSE Head to Head (Part 1)”


  1. 1 Rahul Batra
    May 17, 2007 at 4:20 am

    Nice comparison. Waiting for the next part..

  2. 2 specs
    May 17, 2007 at 10:26 am

    debconf is an equivalent to yast, too, for certain tasks.

  3. 3 Xtyn
    May 17, 2007 at 10:50 am

    I don’t think it’s that difficult to install RPM’s in any distro that uses RPM’s. You really forgot one major thing: YaST has a software management utility that’s easy to use, not as easy as Synaptic, but easy still. The only thig you have to do usually is to add the packman and guru repos. openSUSE should have 4/5 for package management, I have never had problems with package dependencies on openSUSE and I’m new to linux, YaST resolves all dependencies. I got to say one thing, I have used ubuntu and kubuntu, they are easy, I got to admit it, easier than openSUSE, but they are not better in my opinion. I had lots of problems with ubuntu/kubuntu. openSUSE is the distro that never failed me and I mean never. If any of you guys that are reading this think ubuntu/kubuntu is stable, you should try openSUSE, if you think ubuntu/kubuntu is the easiest distro yet, you should try PCLinuxOS. Ubuntu is good but there are better distros.

  4. 4 Xtyn
    May 17, 2007 at 10:59 am

    There are more things to be said while I’m at it. gnome in ubuntu looks really nice but they are not giving enough attention to kde. Maybe I should add that openSUSE’s YaST and PCLinuxOS’s Control Center have no equivalent in ubuntu/kubuntu and they really make life easier.


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