After being a long-time Debian Linux user, I decided to give SUSE a try. One of the major selling points of SUSE is the
YaST configuration system. It provides a set of wizards for common configuration tasks. Almost every tutorial I can find uses
YaST at some point.
Unfortunately, the text version of the utility seems to lack many of the features present in the GUI version. In fact, all of the tutorials I can find (for setting up
LDAP services for example) assume that you are using the GUI. The only documented way I can find to use the
YaST GUI remotely is forwarding a connection from a minimal X server over SSH.
I was very surprised by this, as such heavy use of GUI tools is much more Windows like than UNIX like.
Are SUSE servers simply designed to be used graphically?