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DukeofURL: SuSE Linux 7.1 Review

Mar 28, 2001, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Christle)

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"With their latest release, SuSE moves to the front of the pack. SuSE Version 7.1 has emerged, incorporating features that users have been clamoring for over the last few months. Not the least of which are kernel 2.4, XFree86 4.02 and KDE 2.01, three of the largest and most popular upgrades for Linux users that have appeared this year. In addition SuSE also maintains backwards compatibility for users who are more conservative by including kernel 2.2.18 and KDE 1.1.2."

"Keeping with their own tradition, SuSE continues the legacy of including more applications than any other distribution on the market. SuSE Professional includes 7 CDs or 1 DVD, encompassing over 2000 applications. It's smaller sibling, SuSE Personal, comes with 3 CDs - 2 binary CDs and 1 source CD. In addition to the software, SuSE also continues with a strong commitment to documentation. SuSE Professional ships with 4 manuals, including a huge. 1000 page, volume, that could act as a solid guide to learning Linux. The Personal edition comes with 3 manuals."

"Additionally, SuSE also supports a large number of languages. This stems from SuSE's concentration on the international community, while the US was glutted with numerous English-only distributions. This gives SuSE a wider audience and a vast appeal in many European and Asian markets. Places where most English-only distros will never go."

"For this review, we looked at both the Professional and Personal editions. We installed each version on the same hardware and, for the most part, the comments that follow apply to both editions. However, we will discuss the differences later on in the article."

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