When I said "apt-rpm is so old" I was referring to the fact that is not updated since 2008. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the package manager is or is not one of the most important pieces of a distro? So, if possible, should not we fix this? It is true that it is not as urgent as other things. If yum doesn't match with what we want we can look for another one. Maybe zypper, or urpmi.
package managers are indeed one of the most important piece of software on a distro, and we won't just simply change to yum because it has "benefits" that are NOT quite proven on PCLinuxOS whereas Synaptic has been tried and tested thoroughly ... and it works.
There's no hocus-pocus, and yum would just work. Like Neal said, if anyone likes to try, you are most welcome to do so. But right now, the devs have other priorities and todos. Yum is not on one of them.
I am not discounting or rejecting any moves to yum, it is just that IT WILL TAKE A LOT OF WORK ... more work than the devs we have right now. It will happen if it happens.
It would be nice to have choices ... and choices that works but as it is, we only have Synaptic. I can live with it ... I hope you could too.