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Following its consecutive acquisitions of Ximian and SuSE GmbH in 2003, Novell decided to merge both package management systems YaST package manager and Red Carpet in a best of breed approach, as the two solutions so far were used at Novell.

Looking at the existing open source tools and their maturity available back in 2005, none of those fulfilled the requirements and were able to work smoothly with the existing Linux management infrastructure software developed by Ximian and SUSE, so it was decided to get the best ideas from existing pieces and to work on a new implementation: Libzypp.

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