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Linuxlookup.com: SuSE 8.1 Professional Review

Oct 09, 2002, 04:00 (3 Talkback[s])

"SuSE software has always impressed me by the attention to detail they employ in generating their best-in-class Linux OS. The installation routine is simple and straightforward, the progress bar (lie meter) is generally accurate, and the finished install is relatively painless to configure. This release is no different in those aspects and more improvements have made their way into the finished product as well.

"One noticeable feature that has crept into SuSE's install that wasn't in my last review (SuSE 7.3), or it missed my notice because I did a default install, is the addition of an auto-dependency. When the user selects a software package they want in the final install, the auto-dependency feature selects the required libraries and support packages automatically. This is something that has always annoyed me about earlier Linux installs. I was either kept in the dark about the dependency until it was too late (at the point of launching a binary), or I had to toggle back and forth between screens to select, or deselect, packages to satisfy a dependency. With this feature, I can watch which packages are being added as I select various applications.

"The graphical administration tool, YaST2, is the best one I've found to date. It has all of the relevant functions of the computer in easily understood sections with fairly obvious icons. After my initial installation, I opened YaST2 to configure my network connection and audio playback settings. Want to make adjustments to video settings, network services, security, software updates and installations? All of these functions are accessible through YaST2..."

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