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Linux Journal: SuSE Linux Professional 8.2 Review

Sep 18, 2003, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Stone)

"After being blown away by how well SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 handled the Ultimate Linux Box, I decided I would see how well SuSE handled on a more pedestrian machine. In the carton along with SLES 8 was a copy of SuSE Linux Professional 8.2. Unlike the fancy ring-binder SLES 8 came in, this was the traditional cardboard box, containing a fairly standard set of books and CDs. I kept unfolding the jewel case and counted one, two, three, four, five CDs, plus two DVDs tucked into a multi-flipout little thing that looks like it should hold only two CDs. Seven disks in all, plus a new logo sticker that looks like a green radiation symbol but is too big for the usual 25mm divot on a lot of PC cases. Ah, well, if that's the only problem we have today, we're doing real well.

"The manuals are substantial; the user guide is almost 400 pages. In addition to the usual installation and configuration walk-through, it contains tutorials and references for everything from Evolution and Galeon to burning CDs. There's even a section on ergonomics. The administrator's manual is nearly 600 pages, and where the user guide covers the bright shiny side of Linux, this discusses its grungy underbelly. It covers such topics as file synchronization, security in the network, SAMBA, LVM and software RAID--the printer section alone is 80 pages long. It even tells you what the strange-looking logo is--'a quintic surface with four higher-order double points' (page 3)--and gives you not only the equations for drawing it but a URL for software that handles the equations and renders it for you. Our German friends are nothing if not thorough..."

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