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If you are talking about upgrading and installing packages you should try running yum.
for the commands for this program it is:
but basically (from what I have learned) to upgrade / install a package you type
yum install package name
As far as I know you need to know the exact package name, but I also believe yum gets all the package dependencies lined up for you and installed during the time of your original package install request.
I would also suggest heading over to rpm.livna.org and follow the instructions there to add their database for installs when using yum.
Actually, I'm looking for a "Control Panel" like configuration screen where I can see various system settings such as hostname, network settings, currently installed packages. If you have SuSE, type yast into a command line terminal where X is not running and you will see what I mean.
Not sure if we are talking about the same thing. I run a window manager (KDE) and you are running at runlevel 3. Yet when I do a google search for YAST and look at screenshots, they are shown running in a window manager.
From what I can tell (in KDE and in a window manager environment) kcontrol is the menu / program manager with TONS of settings on KDE. If you eventually found out your answer, please post here for others to learn including me.