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TheLinuxGurus.org: SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional [Review]

Jan 16, 2001, 11:51 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Culp)

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"I stopped using SuSE when 6.4 came out and they switched to the GUI installer (YaST2) as the default installer, it simply was not up to the quality that the original Yast was. I also discovered Mandrake Linux and for the first time I did not have to re-compile the kernel along with a few other steps to make my CDR work. Mandrake then replaced SuSE on all my machines."

"There were other reasons behind my switching to Mandrake, but I never really left SuSE behind. One of the common questions I get asked is "Should I install SuSE or Mandrake?". My standard answer was to try both and see which you liked better, both have strengths and weaknesses. Which is one of the great things about Linux. If you do not like something you are free to go off and try something else, or even change what you do not like."

"The 7.0 release of SuSE Linux marks a huge step forward for the distribution. First of all, SuSE 7.0 comes in two different versions, a Personal Edition($39.95) and a Professional Edition($69.95). I will be reviewing the Professional Edition in this review but will outline the differences between the two. XFree86 4.0 ships as the default X environment and the beta version of KDE2 is included, although by the time this gets published KDE2 should already be released. Those that own a DVD will be delighted to hear that both versions include a DVD with the complete distribution which makes installation easier as you do not have to constantly switch disks. The professional version ships with over 1,800 separate software packages, enough to keep anyone busy! The Yast2 installer has been vastly improved and you may now configure the distribution using a number of GUI tools instead of using Yast, although Yast is still available. The Reiser file system is included and a cool tool called ALICE which allows the customization of auto-installs. The documentation included with SuSE 7.0 has vastly improved. Previous editions of SuSE have always included a comprehensive users manual but it was fairly technical and poorly edited. SuSE 7.0 includes over 800 printed pages of documentation."

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