For years now I have extolled the virtues of the SuSE Linux distribution on the basis of it coming with every application under the Sun (yes, including a JDK!) and the fact that YaST is an excellent install and administration program, far better than any other distributions (this was certainly the case a couple of years ago, I’m not sure about now). Therefore the news that Novell are to “open source YaST(Novell management tool going open source)”:http://news.com.com/2100-7344_3-5175682.html?tag=nefd_top does leave me with mixed feelings – on the one hand you’ll now have no problems downloading SuSE with “YaST”:http://www.suse.de/en/private/products/suse_linux/i386/yast.html for free, on the other hand other distros are now free to include it therefore potentially reducing the target audience for what is an excellent distribution. Either way an open source YaST can do nothing but promote Linux as a whole.

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