badger, perhaps you are in a unique position to explain this one to me.
why is it that fedora is reinventing all of the infrastructure that has been available in varying degrees in debian for ... what... fifteen years, now, and ubuntu for a couple of years?
and how the bloody hell did anyone either cope or expect to get anywhere _before_ such infrastructure existed?
on a different note: i installed a fedora core 6 system last week, and i am extremely glad that the person whom it was destined for was happy to take over, as the process of locating and installing the appropriate software, with yum, was a complete fuckup.
the kernel version installed was incorrectly detected by FC6 (it's a P4 2.6ghz system and the version of the kernel installed was 586 or something which didn't even have p4-clockmod or cpufreq _in_ it).
search words on yum search are ORed not ANDed, which made locating cpu freq / power management utilities and the a working kernel _really_ difficult to track down.
yum itself takes forever to show anything.
the display output is shit as it contains no summary (apt-cache search + apt-cache show: there's no obvious equivalent, all i could find was yum search)
i had to pipe the output from yum to a file and then go through it manually.
then when i actually located a kernel, i installed 2.6.19 thinking that would work, then discovered that there was a 2.6.18 kernel that would _actually_ work, and got some bitch-stupid complaint about not being able to downgrade!
what the fuck has a kernel got to do with an operating system??
i should be able to put any number of kernels on WITHOUT complaint or molly-coddling from some stupid tool.
the whole exercise was a genuine waste of time, and i spent several hours earning a grand total of about 15 GBP profit. i would be better off signing on for unemployment benefit.
p.s. who the bloody hell thought that xml would provide a good database index for yum?