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FreeOS.com: Review: SuSE 7.0 Professional

Nov 01, 2000, 05:41 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)

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"Suse 7.0 comes in two different editions, the Personal and Professional Pack. I worked with the latter whose box (which by the way weights 2.5 kgs!) is loaded with software and manuals. The professional edition, that I have reviewed here, contains 6 CD's, 4 manuals and for good measure a DVD which contains the contents of all 6 CD's."

"These 4 manuals really steal the show. There's an installation manual that's more like a illustrated guide to installing SuSE with screenshots and bubble dialog boxes explaining everything. Then comes the configuration manual that will help you configure your system. Next comes the Applications manual which deals with some of the software that's included. Useful how-to's on configuring your scanner and CD-Writer are included in this one. I would have liked that the CD-writer to have been automatically configured like Mandrake does but the process is nicely documented so it really isn't a problem. There's even a tutorial on using the GIMP graphics editor...."

"Yast2 has been beefed up and there's a lot more that you can do with it. You hardly need to use yast anymore. All hardware setup can be done here. There's Install/Remove programs which you can use to manage the huge collection of software that ships with SuSE 7. A built in search tool would have been a useful feature. That would have been much better than putting the different software packages into cryptic categories like pay and ap. Also if there was some way of knowing which CD a package was in, it would make life easier. Yast2 is great if you use the GUI version, but, the console mode yast2 has quite clumsy navigation and is a pain to use. I really wish that SuSE had put some more work into the console mode yast."

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