"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
"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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