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32BitsOnline: SuSE Executive Interview

Jul 12, 2000, 11:08 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...DP: What sets SuSE apart from other distributions?"

"Wiegand: First, SuSE maintains consistent technical quality throughout all platforms and all languages. We also have an encyclopedic set of Linux tools, for which SuSE Linux is already famous. Next, our graphical installer, YaST2, creates ease of installation, but it is flexible enough to support a wide range of installation options for the enterprise environment, such as mass deployments or repeatable automated installations. Last but not least, our excellent support. Our online web based support, and a component database, comprehensive education programs, and competent consulting form a unique combination that makes SuSE Linux successful to both the enterprise and the desktop."

"DP: How high a priority is security for the SuSE distribution? Do you have a team focused on making your distribution secure and responsive to future exploits?"

"Wiegand: We do not only have an internal security team that audits all major packages and closely follows all relevant information sources, but we also maintain an active dialogue with our customer base, through mailing lists and security alerts. Good relationships with the authors form an important part of these precautions as well. In addition, security is also one of the focal points of SuSE Labs."

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