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ExtremeTech: SuSE Disappoints Gnome Users

Oct 24, 2002, 08:30 (62 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Lynch)

"Earlier today I got a copy of SuSE 8.1 via FedEx. I hadn't ordered anything and I didn't know it was coming so I was surprised to get the FedEx. I'd waited so long to get the new distro, I felt like a kid at Christmas. Alas, all that anticipation has turned to ashes in my mouth.

"I'm disappointed. Very disappointed. SuSE has let me (and all other Gnome users) down.. I installed it on my test machine--and the installation should have been the first clue. Gnome is not even installed by default. You have to change the software setting in the install routine to get it to install. That's ridiculous! Since when did Gnome become the second-class desktop in Linux?

"Once I had SuSE installed, I booted into Gnome and was, again, very disappointed. The Gnome desktop was bare bones, to say the least. It seemed like an afterthought. Icons for the usual Gnome applications--including Evolution and Galeon --were missing. The Gnome menus were very anemic, particularly when compared to the robust KDE menus. And to add insult to injury, those KDE menus were fully accessible from Gnome. Even worse, all those KDE apps had icons build into the menus as well..."

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