An RPM summit, featuring developers from Red Hat and SUSE, was held at the openSUSE conference in September. A report from the event
has been posted; it is a sort of near-future roadmap for RPM. "Soft dependencies keywords that are already used by SUSE (Recommends, Suggests, Supplements, Enhances) will be recognized in the future versions of RPM. RPM will not do anything with them except of storing in the database and reporting to higher levels of package management stack. There is an ongoing discussion whether and how to implement soft dependencies in YUM.
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