The Mageia distribution has decided to include the Dandified Yum (DNF) high-level package manager, starting with the upcoming release of Mageia 6. For people who already like and prefer Mageia's urpmi command line package manager, it will remain as part of the distribution. "Among the many less-than-visible improvements across the board is a brand new dependency resolver: DNF. DNF (Dandified Yum) is a next generation dependency resolver and high-level package management tool with an interesting history. DNF traces its ancestry to two projects: Fedora?s Yum (Yellowdog Updater, Modified) and openSUSE?s SAT Solver (libsolv). DNF was forked from Yum several years ago in order to rewrite it to use the SAT Solver library from openSUSE (which is used in their own tool, Zypper). Another goal of the fork was to massively restructure the codebase so that a sane API would be available for both extending DNF (via plugins and hooks) and building applications on top of it (such as graphical frontends and system lifecycle automation frameworks). DNF will be available for those willing to use it, however, urpmi and the current familiar Mageia software management tools will remain as the default in Mageia for the foreseeable future." More information on package management and how Mageia is making it easier to build .rpm packages for the distribution can be down in the full blog post.
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