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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: A Little Housekeeping

Jun 26, 2001, 05:34 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

In this week's StartX files, Brian Proffitt takes a quick look at SuSE 7.2 and asks whether this latest version, arriving so soon after 7.1, is a necessary purchase for SuSE veterans. Also in this week's column: Brian will be revisiting last year's "Word to the Wise" series with an update on word processors for Linux. The list he'll be covering is in this week's column, so make sure to check it out for your favorite.

"First, I wanted to give a brief review of the latest Linux installation I have put on my computer: SuSE Linux 7.2. I realize that I could do a full review for Distribution Watch on LinuxPlanet, but I have a very good reason why this is not the case this go-around: I am genuinely unsure of why this version exists.

I am not trying to bash SuSE here, nor am I trying to give fuel to the fire for the committed SuSE-bashers. [Disclaimer: SuSE has used a quote from a previous review I did for them on the packaging for SuSE Linux 7.2. I was not compensated in any way for this blurb, but they did do it with my full permission.] But no one was more surprised than I when the box for SuSE came in the mail last week except my fellow editor Michael Hall, with whom I was speaking on the phone when the delivery came. I believe his first comment was "really?"

SuSE Linux 7.1 made some significant strides in tightening up the installation routine and packaging the KDE desktop environment into a slick little GUI that they are now calling the SuSE Desktop. It got the 2.4 kernel out and other goodies. But it did all of this in March. Why a new boxed set release a mere three months later, especially from a company that publicly admits they lose money on shipping software to the United States? It sure puzzled my noodle."

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