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Librenix: SuSE 9.0 Personal: One Hour to a Slick Linux Desktop

Dec 02, 2003, 10:00 (13 Talkback[s])

"SuSE's 9.0 Linux distribution comes with a 400 page manual and 3 CD-ROM's -- all for a retail price of $40 (US). This is the third release of SuSE Linux that I've purchased and each version is smaller and better than the last. SuSE 6.3, purchased in early 1999, failed to fit on a dedicated 6.4 GB disk. SuSE 9.0 Personal Edition took a grand total of 2 GB of disk space. In spite of the reduction in disk requirements (and CD-ROM's), it includes everything I expect a modern distribution to have.

"However, 'everything I expect' was not to come quite so easily--I was in for a small surprise in the first install. For my first installation I let SuSE drive, selecting only the default options and let YaST, SuSE's excellent setup tool, autodetect and configure all of my hardware..."

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