"You'll have to look far and wide to find a better
distribution than SuSE 7.0 Professional if you're planning to set
up a Linux server or network or intend to build a high-capacity,
database-driven client/server system. SuSE's huge number of
applications and easy network configuration help to make a network
administrator's job less arduous, and its database-friendly
architecture is a definite boon for database administrators.
While new Linux users may find SuSE's offerings somewhat daunting,
the distribution's broad selection of tools and enterprise-level
networking options makes SuSE 7.0 Professional a dream come true
for Linux developers and IT professionals."
"SuSE contains more than 1,500 packages--an enormous amount and
second only to Debian's monstrous offering. This breadth of
applications makes for a hefty complete installation of around 6GB,
but for those low on disk space, SuSE lets you configure an
installation of as little as 200MB. SuSE's plethora of packages is
squeezed onto six CD-ROMs or a single DVD-ROM. (If you have a DVD
drive, installing from the DVD-ROM will save you the hassle of
swapping disks.) Each installation step is well explained with
on-screen instructions and further explicated within SuSE's
detailed installation manual."
"In addition to office suites such as StarOffice 5.2 and
WordPerfect 8, SuSE 7.0 includes Beowulf clustering support, the
GIMP , a C/C++ compiler, GNU Debugger (gdb), as well as several
scripting languages, including Python, Perl, Tcl/Tk, and of course,
CVS. SuSE's stellar networking support features the ability to
configure several network components during installation, including
NFS and Apache. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of Blinux , Linux
for the visually impaired. When activated, Blinux provides access
to the Linux OS and its applications via voice synthesis, enlarged
display options, and other specialized features."