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possible yast porting? was: slashdot on fedora-marketing-list

Forwarded to the more "technical" list following discussion.

Ya I really am saddened that no other distros have taken advantage of
YaST being open source. Everyone keeps wasting resources and
rebuilding when YaST is a good alternative and includes an ncurses gui
too. I really like YaST and is probably the reason I keep having a
hard time deciding between Fedora and openSUSE and keeping both of
them on my HD. Porting YaST should be way simpler for Fedora as it is
already RPM based. So many modules are there that rebuilding something
else just seems like a waste of time.

On 8/30/06, Nicola Losito <n losito yahoo it> wrote:
>  So here i am again.
> I've let settle down a little dust in the discussion with Raul.
> From a Marketing point (yes, techicians ALL hates marketing) point how
> can/want we "force" the developers to appeal more customers ?
> And i do not mean professional ones which uses XEN or SElinux in a
> "conscious" way, but everyday people. I mean the point & click
inclined to.
> I might say to look on how Novell has worked on the desktop
experience of
> SLED starting from the openSUSE, there are some yards of difference
> the two projects.
> From my point of view we can welcome more people:
> - talking till come blue in the face of Fedora, of what's going on
and why
> (possibily);
> - continuing this road of "disclosure" i am enjoying since Max has come
> "the" chief :-P
> - simplyfing the package management & retrieval (again to give a
slight idea
> i would *love* a hugest as possible fedora-extra repo, an external
> FC-compatible non-US repository for packages that are allowed almoust
> everywhere but not in the USA and a "Penguin Liberation Front" style
> - answering in a clear and motivated way to people approaching ....
> told "your vision is wrong or different" is useless. We have to
suppose that
> people who subscribes here or another no help-desk list has read and
> understood our "policies" and still has a different take on them.
Things are
> always perfectible (hope it's the right word) and welcoming new
ideas is not
> always bad. On the contrary to stick obsessively with self made
rules would
> end in a closed environment, and we - i suppose - are for the Open.
> - try to develop more friendly and unified "control center" .... now for
> Fedora (and also Debian) i see a tendency to put this effort on Gnome or
> KDE. I like the Mandriva Control Center and YaST approach, and since
> told me YaST is smart enough to leave untouched hand-modified files and
> since it has become GPL'd i would like other distro approach and make it
> better than it is (as it's being done with Smart Package management).
> So, lunch is coming my way .... i'll stop bothering this list !
> Thanks for reading ++ i do hope to have been "understandable"
> --
> Nicola   .:kOoLiNuS:.   Losito
> http://koolinus.wordpress.com

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