Note from the developers

The YaST4Debian project is temporary stopped due to lack of time/resources.

If you think that you have the time and are willing and motivated to help contact any of the developers.

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Ramon Acedo (ramon at linux-labs dot net)

Introduction

This page contains information about the YaST2 for Debian (aka yast4debian) project. YaST2 for Debian tries to bring a simple and graphical administration tool to the Debian distribution. YaST2 from SuSE/Novell is released under the GNU GPL and consists of different modules for different administration tasks. We (currently Jaldhar, Ramon, Rumen, Pikota and Mario) are porting the YaST2 source code to the Debian system and its configuration files.

FAQ - Frequently asked questions about the yast4debian project

1. Where is the source?
2. How can I help?
3. Where are the debian packages?
4. Why are you doing this?
5. Are you in contact with SuSE/Novell?
6. Is there a roadmap?
7. When will I be able to install Debian with YaST2?
8. Which parts/modules are you porting to Debian?
9. What is YaST2?
10. License of YaST2?
11. Goal of the project?
12. What are the steps to go / things do to?
13. Main communication channel?
14. People involved?
15. Bugtracker?
16. Where do I find documentation about the project?
17. Can I view some screenshots?

1. Where is the source?

You find the current source on our anonymous ftp site. A tutorial explaining how to compile the sources is here and a Spanish version here.

2. How can I help?

There are different things you can do. Go and compile the sources and try to port a yast module to the debian system. Try to already ported modules if there are some mistake we've overlooked. And last but not least we need money and/or hardware to life and port. Contact us if you're interested to spend some money.

3. Where are the debian packages?

There are now preliminary packages available for sarge/i386. Simply add the following lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list:
        deb http://yast4debian.alioth.debian.org/ pool/
        deb-src http://yast4debian.alioth.debian.org/ pool/
        
...and then do an apt-get update. Please note these are alpha-quality packages and are not fully compliant with Debian policy, have insufficient or wrong dependencies etc. They should only be used by people who are familiar with Debian development and intend to work on the project not by the general public.

4. Why are you doing this?

Debian is a very good GNU/Linux distribution but new users often don't like to configure the system by hand. On the other hand YaST2 is a well-known graphical administration tool from Novell/SuSE. That's why we want to bring the simple and easy administration tool to debian to attract more new users.

5. Are you in contact with SuSE/Novell?

Yes, we're in contact with the YaST development team of Novell/SuSE.

6. Is there a roadmap?

Not yet or not really. First we want to compile the core of YaST2 (done) and then we want to port the modules to the debian system. At the same time we try to substitute the rpm system in YaST2 with a dpkg/apt system for Debian.

7. When will I be able to install Debian with YaST2?

If you think about YaST2 as the installation program, perhaps never. We're not (yet) planning to port the installation part of YaST2 (are you interested?).

8. Which parts/modules are you porting to Debian?

We are porting the administration part of YaST2 (not the installation part). In case of the modules we try to port as many as possible (it's a question of time as well).

9. What is YaST2?

YaST2 is a graphical administration tool from SuSE/Novell.

10. License of YaST2?

YaST2 is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL - General Public License.

11. Goal of the project?

Offering and maintaining a easy and simple graphical administration tool for Debian.

12. What are the steps to go / things do to?

As the core compiles on debian we're now porting the first modules. Another important step is to substitute the rpm system with a dpkg/apt system.

13. Main communication channel?

At the moment our main communication channel is the Debian-Desktop mailing list. But there are forums on other project page too.

14. People involved?

At the moment we're five involved people: Ramon, Rumen, Jaldhar, Pikota and Mario. But you could be the sixth person ;-).

15. Bugtracker?

With the alioth project from Debian we have a Bugtracker too.

16. Where do I find documentation about the project?

Here!

17. Can I view some screenshots?

Yes!

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Status

Modules: see here

Errata (known problems):

Roadmap:

Release plan:

Meetings

IRC: last meeting on 20050424 on #debian-desktop

debian-desktop ML