> how is RPM "way behind" dpkg, and how is yum "way behind" apt or YAST?
I haven't worked that much using yum, but I have failed to find the concept of recommended in yum. Does it exist?
zypper has recommended and apt even has recommended and suggested.
zypper has the concept of vendor change, in yum I have at least never hit it.
dpkg distinguishes configuration of the package. In the first installation this is probably similar to rpm %post%. But with dpkg you have to chance to reconfigure later, to my understanding with rpm you don't have that.
Debian supports multi-arch now. Does anything like this exist in rpm?
Debian seems to have more additional tools than the others. apt-file, debfoster, and debtree come to my mind, I've used all of them occasionally (I'll be glad to hear what are the equivalent tools on the other side of the fence)
So yes the order yum, zypper, apt for increased functionality reflects my experience. However, in my daily life the "deficencies" at the tail of the list haven't caused major trouble. (I haven't worked with any kind of multi-arch related stuff for a while)
On the other side the automatic mirror selection in yum and believe also in zypper is superior what I'm used to in Ubuntu. There I end up manually editing the apt source list each time my country mirror suffers from some hickup.