According to a Novell confidential memo dated June 14, Novell will be slightly delaying its next release of both the server and desktop versions of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 “to address final issues with our new package management, registration, and update system and also fix the remaining blocker defects.”
SUSE has a new update and package management system, which has not worked well in its initial release in the free, community OpenSUSE 10.1 release.
This new system is based on Libzypp. This is a backend program that uses RPM (RPM Package manager) packages for installing, removing, and querying program packages.
With it, Novell is attempting to marry the best features of SUSEs old yast2 package manager and Ximians libredcarpet.
Unfortunately, even after a recent set of fixes was released, SUSEs update and new program installation system is still giving many users trouble.