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CNET: SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional

Nov 26, 2000, 14:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D. Vinay Dixit)

"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."

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