openSUSE 11.1: Updates via PackageKit and PolicyKit

For openSUSE 11.1 the KDE Updater Applet will switch from the zypp backend to its PackageKit backend by default. Authorization is done via PolicyKit-kde:

A KPackageKit package will be available in the online repository for those who don't like the YaST Qt Package Manager.


Why the question for password is Bold but the question who's password is needed is normal text?

Make the ROOT text as RED and BOLD (not with CAPS ;-))

So when the password is asked, user can see right away, does it ask a Root password (red) or User password (green).

Or is it somekind security thing to not use colors because user might learn to watch only the color and giving that password?

By fri13 at Sat, 11/22/2008 - 20:12

Which actions require a User password? Aren't all PW requests for root access?

By kamikazow at Sun, 11/23/2008 - 00:57

PolicyKit also supports prompting for the user password. Allowing you to do actions with the root password, with your own password or with no password at all is a system policy decision.

By Kevin Kofler at Mon, 11/24/2008 - 22:29

am I understanding this right? : it switches to packagekit, but internally packagekit will simply uses the zypp backend, right?

By mxttie at Sat, 11/22/2008 - 20:44

mxttie, in short: yes. PackageKit is an abstraction layer above several package managers (yum, apt-get, conary…) also zypp. You can read much more about this interesting applications here:

By patpi at Sat, 11/22/2008 - 21:24

thanks for the link. must have skipped it in a busy period :)

having read up, I think packagekit really is a useful project to make the linux experience more stream-lined to newcomers. It's great to see my favorite distro is already supporting it :)

By mxttie at Fri, 12/05/2008 - 17:50