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Performance Computing: Evaluating OpenLinux 2.3

Oct 31, 1999, 17:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emmett Dulaney)

"If you've spent much time installing any OS, you've come to realize that no matter how you approach it, it is a time-consuming chore. There are two methods vendors use to help you pass the time during this operation. The first is to ask questions throughout the installation (every five minutes or so), and the second is to ask you a few questions up front, start the laborious copy-and-install process (giving you plenty of time to read the paper), then ask you configuration questions at the end. In many ways, the second method is preferable because you can actually work on something else and return later if time allows. But if there is a configuration error, many times you must start the whole process over."

"OpenLinux approaches the installation from a completely different angle. The Enhanced Linux Installation Wizard (LIZARD) asks all the questions up front in a graphical environment that employs radio button choices everywhere it can. It is extremely simple to use. With the administrator's configuration out of the way, the system's copy and install process begins. If you want to stick around while this boring process takes place, a Tetris-like game appears on the screen giving you something to do while waiting-a noteworthy idea, and one so simple it is remarkable no one thought of it before..."

"Upgrades from previous versions of OpenLinux retail for $19.95, while the full version sells for $49.95. OpenLinux 2.3, based upon the 2.2.10 kernel, is fully multiuser, multitasking, and Y2K-compliant. It includes three CDs: the Linux kernel, source code, and commercial packages."

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