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ExtremeTech: SuSE Linux Office Desktop 8.1

Feb 05, 2003, 11:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Lynch)

"Well it had to happen--yet another Linux distro is now making a concerted effort to go after the mainstream desktop. This time it's SuSE, one of the largest and most popular distros around. One of the biggest complaints people have with Linux is that they can't run a lot of their old Windows applications--especially Microsoft Office.

"In this release SuSE has worked hard to create a version of their Linux distro that runs MS Office applications, and that is also generally more geared toward ordinary desktop users. This release is based on SuSE 8.1, but contains key additional desktop applications including StarOffice 6.0, and Codeweaver's CrossOver Office products that let Linux users run Windows programs, albeit older Office 2000 and Office 97 apps, not Office XP.

"Before we get into the review, bear in mind that SuSE isn't the first company to make a version of their software that lets users run Microsoft Office apps. Xandros has already released a similar product. So we suspect that this version is going to make a big splash with users and companies looking for an alternative to Windows on their desktops..."

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