[CentOS] Why is yum not liked by some?

Dag Wieers dag at wieers.com
Mon Sep 5 19:38:11 UTC 2005

On Mon, 5 Sep 2005, Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:

> On Mon, 5 Sep 2005 at 1:06pm, Bryan J. Smith wrote
> > All-in-all, use the tool that is supported by the distro.  That is YUM.
> > No, there is no GUI for it that is supported officially, hence some of
> > the complaints.  But I'm keeping my eye on SmartPM for the future.
> I have yet to see any advantage to a GUI package manager.  But, then 
> again, that's just me.

Smart is not a GUI per se. It is a command line tool and people are 
working on a curses-based front-end. A KDE panel applet exists as well.

There are benefits to having an integrated command line tool and GUI from 
a maintenance perspective. Most of the code can be reused.

I would love to have RHN support and finally get rid of up2date :)

The biggest disadvantage for both Yum and Smart is that both require a 
recent version of python. Which is a no-go for older distributions.

BTW The developer previously was in charge of apt-rpm and worked on 
synaptic too. Smart is available for most of the popular distributions.

Kind regards,
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