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Spotlight on Linux: openSUSE 11.3

Aug 12, 2010, 22:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Linton)

"openSUSE began its life in 1994 in Germany as SuSE Linux and was based on Slackware Linux. It was a commercial offering, and although it adhered to the letter of the GPL, it wasn't easy for desktop users to download and install. Novell bought SuSE in 2004 and opened it up for community participation and enjoyment in August 2005. From then on, users could download and easily install the now-dubbed openSUSE. openSUSE earned lots of attention and happy users until its controversial patent agreement with Microsoft, but openSUSE slowly has been regaining some lost ground ever since.

"The distribution is always of the highest quality with a professional feel and polish. Novell employs full-time developers to work on openSUSE and community projects, because many of the innovations first seen in openSUSE will end up in Novell's commercial SUSE Enterprise edition. Novell has a vigorous testing routine, ensuring that most bugs are eliminated. As a result, openSUSE is truly one of the leading and best distributions in Linux today."

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