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FreeOS.com: SuSE 7.1 Professional: what 7.0 should have been...

May 06, 2001, 12:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)

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FreeOS.com has a brief review of SuSE 7.1 Professional, and despite a little irritation over the apparent burial of GNOME and and disappointment with what parted can really deliver, they call it "a `Must' upgrade."

"SuSE 7.1 finally reached FreeOS and boy, were we eagerly awaiting this new release! It has lots of new additions like kernel 2.4 (the first to support 2.4 final), XFree86 4.0.2 (with anti-aliasing support) and the new glibc 2.2. Although we did get it a little late, we went ahead and reviewed the package and here's our opinion.

The package comes with 7 CDs and includes the far more usable single DVD. As always, the DVD installations are very easy and don't require you to be alert to change the CD on time. The excellent technical `handbook' is now, 15 pages richer (though we didn't check to see where). What we did see was that the manual still carries images from the 7.0 release. The usual QuickInstall, configuration and application manuals are available for quick help.

You can still choose between the old Yast1 text mode installation and the newer Yast2 interface. The SuSE installation remains the same. It's all very familiar and a little change would have been welcome. Of course comparisons with Mandrake, which has the best installation routine currently, is inevitable. What we desire is the ability to move directly back to any stage of the installation process without having to repeatedly press the `back' button."

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