install SMART package manager on openSUSE 10.3

Are you – like me – feeling uncomfortable with the new dumb interface of the YaST module devoted to the package management ?


Well, relax … you still can install the Smart Package Manager quick and easy ! Just open a shell with administrative rights and do:

zypper sa -r
zypper ref smart
zypper install smart

Then you have to add some repository to it, and for this we will use the Pascal’s pre-made file linked inside the example (you can create a personal config file following that syntax, if you want/need):

smart channel --add
smart mirror --add
smart update

Remember …. the guru’s repository is slowly merging into Packman!

References: the SMART project’s homepage, and obviously the Pascal’s post which I’ve copied 😀

help openSUSE’s YaST to improve

opensuse logo I’ve recently learned about the survey started from openSUSE guys regarding the desiderata of their community based on the most prominent feature of the distro.

I’ve talked about YaST many times in the past, so check that out and take the survey !

This survey is about YaST, the default installation and administration tool for all openSUSE/SUSE Linux products.

If you use openSUSE/SUSE Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server through your participation in our survey you support us improving YaST. If you don’t use any of the named openSUSE/SUSE Linux products at all please exit the survey.

The survey will be online until mid November and the results will be published on

YaSTRS – YaST Repositories Script generator

Have you already heard of YaSTRS ?

YaSTRS is a simple tool that easily allows picking YaST repositories and generates a shell script to add them on your local machine. It tries to be the same as easyurpmi for SUSE. In order to provide high quality database all mirrors are automatically validated on a regular basis.

opensuse logo As you can see in the about description it’s main goal is to be an equivalent of the optimal EasyURPMI site for a quick, easy installation and configuration of software repositories in your GNU/Linux distribution.

If you’ve ever had the chance to play with the openSUSE repositories, then you’ve become aware of the difficulty of choosing the appropriate and quickest ones.

Now with YaSTRS also openSUSE have a script aiming at helping the newcomer and expert user alike in this tedious configuration work, including the community suppoerted repos, as well as the “non official ones” ( who said Packman, Guru e suser-jengelh ??).

Remember YaSTRS is currently a beta version, so bug reports are welcomed here.

precocious blogging ?

As you can see in the sidebar seems that my current “top post” is the one done last 21st of september regarding the first screenshot of the (then) forthcoming openSUSE 10.2

Since openSUSE 10.2 release date the post has attracted a lot of visitors resulting in a glorious boom of hits.

I take it as a good signal of community interest around the distribution and over the bad commentary that have taken place around various news coming from the Novell stanzas.

In the image below i have reported how the post has performed since it’s publication to this last morning (here in Italy):

opensuse screenshot post access

(I take the occasion to remember that on this blog you have just to click on an image to see it at full size and that the image above was taken thanks to the new post statistics on

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