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SuSE Linux 8.2 Will Continue Strong Line Of Home User Offerings

Mar 11, 2003, 23:30 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

SuSE Linux has formally announced the latest version of its personal and professional editions, SuSE Linux 8.2, continuing its strong entries in the home- and private-user channels.

SuSE Linux 8.2, will be available on April 14, and will feature an enhanced KDE 3.1 and a GNOME 2.2 desktop that's "more enhanced than you have seen before," according to Holger Dyroff, General Manager Americas.

The increased focus on GNOME may be a direct result of the new Ximian-SuSE partnership announced last week--but don't look for Ximian Desktop for SuSE on the Personal and Professional editions anytime soon.

SuSE is steadfast in keeping the licensing model for these two editions at the "buy once, install infinitely" model, and this precludes any future inclusion of a Ximian Desktop in the Personal and Professional editions, due to the commercial nature of the Ximian license, Dyroff explained. However, he added, Ximian's license model would not prevent the use of Ximian Desktop in their corporate offerings with different fee structures.

SuSE is continuing to push their Personal and Professional editions as many other Linux distributions almost seem poised to give up on the home user in favor of the enterprise markets. Dyroff scoffed at the notion that a Linux company had to give up one group for the other.

"A big chunk of our revenue comes from this user group," Dyroff explained. "Why should we focus on the corporate market and disfocus on a group of users we've had since 1993?"

So, while SuSE continues expanding into the corporate channel with their SuSE LInux Office Desktop and SuSE Enterprise Server products, they have no intentions of leaving the home user behind.

And these two editions of SuSE Linux 8.2 will clearly be aimed at the home user, with such applications as GNU Cash, which SuSE is touting because of its new features and support of the home banking standard protocol HBCI.

SuSE is also highlighting the presence of OpenOffice.org 1.0.2; new fax and telephone applications, MainActor, a professional video editing application; CD/DVD writing applications; sound mixing; editing; and an integrated synthesizer.

Also included in the mix of applications will be the KDE scanning application Kooka and the commercial OCR tool Kadmos.

Printer and scanner support, as well as wireless network card and even full winmodem support will also be featured in these new released, Dyroff said.

SuSE Linux 8.2 will be based on kernel 2.4.20 and will have with more than 1,200 drivers. Other notable software components will include XFree86 4.3, gcc 3.3, and Java 1.4.

Dyroff said that though these editions are most often marketed to the home consumer, they are also seen a strong use of this software amongst IT professionals who want to test SuSE out before introducing the corporate products in their organizations.

The difference between the two editions of SuSE Linux 8.2 will, again, be in the amount of software that is included in each version. Professional will carry the most applications, enough to fill a whopping five CDs or two DVDs. 8.2 Personal's release will have three CDs.

According to the company's statement, SuSE Linux 8.2 will be available directly from the manufacturer via www.suse.com and at computer retailers on April 14. The recommended retail price for SuSE Linux 8.2 Personal (3 CDs, User Guide, 60 days of installation support) is US$39.95; the price for SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional (5 CDs, 2 DVDs, User Guide + Administration Guide, 90 days of installation support) is US$79.95.

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