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Mad Penguin: First Look at SuSE Linux Desktop 1.0

Jun 10, 2003, 19:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Doxtater)

"One thing that initially bothered me about this release was the fact that it is built on kernel 2.4.19. I thought that a release this new would at least come with 2.4.20, which has been out since last year. This concern was short-lived, as I sat and watched it load an Athlon optimized kernel during the initial installation. My eyes lit up a little when I saw that. There was still hope. I thought that for the few features I would lose on the newer kernel version, maybe SuSE would make up for in raw speed.

"My concerns were completely squashed when I loaded the OS for the first time. Performance on the desktop is exceptional in this release. Everything feels very fast, smooth, and responsive. Applications launch quickly and without fail. OpenOffice.org (version 1.0.3) even did amazingly well. This application is notorious for slow load times but under the new SuSE release, the wait was minimal. For the initial load, it took a little under four seconds to fully launch. After the initial load, it took just under one second. Not too bad for OOo. SuSE thought ahead and loaded the OpenOffice.org Quickstarter in the system tray by default to speed things up.

"The next performance area I'd like to touch on is the graphics system. SuSE Linux Desktop comes loaded with XFree86 4.30, which was a good move on their part. Keeping on top of the graphics system is of utter importance when marketing to enterprise clients currently running on the Windows platform. Version 4.30 comes the closest to having all the necessary support a Windows user might expect with the addition of actual stability that is not currently present in Windows..."

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