software installation and upgrading on suse 9
I've installed suse 9 on a linux box i purchased from cpubuilders. it's better than there red hat 9 based system, but suse's not without it's problems either. For example, sometimes when i execute an app from kde, i see the mouse curser change into an hour glass like the program's loading, then nothing happens, the mouse turns normal. then 5 minutes later the app displays out of nowhere. some times i experience the same thing in gnome, but only when i click log out from the main menu. then i have to wait 5 minutes until it lets me log out. i experienced the same behavior when i installed suse 9 on my laptop so i think it's a case of another distro not making sure the software works. this brings me to my real problem. if i want to try and get a more stable system, then i have to look out for software updates and bug fixes. how do i upgrade an application that's already installed on my system? for instance, i tried to upgrade to gaim 0.76 because it works with yahoo better, but i kept getting all these warnings and conflicts about missing libraries within yast. shouldn't upgrading an app be easy? what's the deal? sometimes when i use the yast package manager with rpms it works fine and others i get conflicts. what confuses me about gaim is that the download site didn't list any dependencies, in fact it list "None". what if i want to upgrade gnome and kde? Is there an easier way then building dozens of modules? any help on this issue would help, i know i can't be the only one with this problem.