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openSUSE 11.2-- Incremental Updates, Plenty of Polish

Nov 21, 2009, 12:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Choosing a Linux distribution from the list of available options could be a daunting task for someone looking to try out Linux for the first time. Ubuntu seems to get the lion's share of the press coverage with new releases twice a year (hence the version numbers like 9.04 and 9.10 released in April and October, respectively). SUSE Linux has a long heritage in the Linux community and a heavy following in the European market due to its German roots.

"With the purchase of SUSE by Novell many feared that the brand would be subsumed into the corporate borg and contaminated with proprietary add-ons. Novell did take the core of SUSE Linux and use it as the basis for their SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) and Server (SLES) offerings. These two products obviously targeted at desktop and server environments form the basis of Novell's supported operating system offerings. In fact, both are sold on a yearly subscription basis to include support and updates.

"On the flip side, Novell recognized the need to continue a completely open source and free SUSE distribution. Out of that recognition came openSUSE Linux. Novell contributes heavily to the distribution and gets the benefits of continued community support and development of the core operating system and applications. They also take advantage of a much wider user base to test new releases and to provide feedback for future improvements."

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