[CentOS] Re: Why is yum not liked by some?

Edward Diener eddielee at tropicsoft.com
Sat Sep 10 21:31:14 UTC 2005

Todd Cary wrote:
> I have seen messages posted on the Fedora oriented forums that imply 
> that "yum" is  antiquated.  Not being a Linux guru, I do not have the 
> experience to make a thorough evaluation, but so far it has been just 
> great.

Unlike Linux gurus, for whom the rest of the user world is like themselves, 
there are a great many users who like ease of use and graphical applications and 
yum is strictly command line. I know yumex exists but it does not come 
automatically installed when one installs CentOS ( nor does Synaptic for that 
matter ). So perhaps yum would be more popular if yumex, or whatever is the 
popular GUI front end for yum now, were also installed, and added to the menu 
system, when CentOS is installed.

I have used both yumex and synaptic, and both have strengths and weaknesses. But 
quite frankly I find Synaptic easier and clearer to use. I realize that for 
experienced Linux users that argument holds no weight but for the casual Linux 
desktop user it is very important.

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