Faster Package Management for Suse 11.0

Feb 14, 2008

Suse developer Duncan Mac-Vicar gives a sneak preview of the next generation version of Novell’s Zypper package manager in his blog.

Thanks to a new Solver algorithm Zypper can now resolve dependencies more quickly; on top of this, the meta data structure was optimized for more speed. The new Solver will also make more meaningful suggestions to users in case of conflicting packages.

Mac-Vicar demonstrates the major advances in a short screencast on his blog site. You can see how much faster Zypper responds after an installation command. The package management back-end is currently in testing, and only basic functionality has been implemented, however, Opensuse 11.0 will include the new Zypper.

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