188.8.131.52. Systems using RPM packages
Update Agent, which originally
only supported RedHat RPM packages, is now ported to a wider set of
software, including non-RedHat repositories. This tool provides a
complete system for updating the RPM packages on a RedHat or Fedora
Core system. On the command line, type up2date to update your system. On the desktop, by
default a small icon is activated, telleng you whether or not there
are updates available for your system.
Yellowdog's Updater Modified
(yum) is another tool that recently became
more popular. It is an interactive but automated update program for
installing, updating or removing RPM packages on a system. It is
the tool of choice on Fedora systems.
On SuSE Linux, everything is done with YaST, Yet another Setup Tool, which supports a
wide variety of system administration tasks, among which updating
RPM packages. Starting from SuSE Linux 7.1 you can also upgrade
using a web interface and YOU,
Yast Online Update.
Mandrake Linux and Mandriva provide so-called URPMI tools, a set
of wrapper programs that make installing new software easier for
the user. These tools combine with RPMDrake and MandrakeUpdate to provide everything needed
for smooth install and uninstall of software packages.
MandrakeOnline offers an extended range of services and can
automatically notify administrators when updates are available for
your particular Mandrake system. See man
urpmi, among others, for more
Also the KDE and Gnome desktop suites have their own
(graphical) versions of package managers.