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CNET News.com: TurboLinux Workstation Pro 6.1 [Review]

Dec 07, 2000, 23:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kamal Gill)

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"Measured in Linux years, TurboLinux is an old hand, having entered the arena in 1992 and first offering its own distribution in 1997. Despite the company's experience, TurboLinux Workstation Pro 6.1 lacks some of the polish of other desktop distributions, and its non-graphical installation interface is likely to intimidate all but grizzled Linux veterans. TurboLinux 6.1's improved Japanese language support should please its legions of users in Pacific Rim countries. Also, if you need to develop software applications and test them on the PowerPC, Intel IA-64, and Sparc platforms, this version will fill the bill nicely...."

"TurboLinux is the only major Linux vendor that still offers only a text-based installation routine. Linux veterans may not mind the spartan interface, but if you're new to Linux you should take note that the installation guide specifically says that installing Workstation Pro 6.1 requires some familiarity with Linux. If you're still undaunted, the installation process is reasonably well-documented, with step-by-step instructions as well as pictures and descriptions of installation screens...."

"Workstation Pro 6.1 provides a solid set of commercial IDE tools that are well designed for developing and deploying Web-based applications. Borland's popular Java development tool, JBuilder Foundation 3.5, is included, although a serial number registration key (not provided) is needed to install it. However, we were able to install Sun's freely available Forte for Java without a hitch. IBM's Developer Kit for Linux Java and trial versions of WebSphere Homepage Builder and the Apache-powered, JSP- and XML-enabled WebSphere Application Server are included for Web developers building dynamic, database-driven sites."

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