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PR: SuSE Linux 7.3 available from 18th October

Oct 02, 2001, 21:39 (8 Talkback[s])

Borehamwood, Herts, Germany - October 2, 2001 - Today, SuSE Linux, the international technology leader and provider of Open Source solutions, announced SuSE Linux 7.3, which offers high-end enterprise and standard desktop users advantages in security, stability and a greatly improved ergonomical user interface with new image, graphics and audio features. The release of SuSE Linux 7.3 confirms SuSE Linux as one of the maturest operating systems on the market.

As security becomes a higher priority among users both at home and the office, SuSE Linux 7.3 offers the possibility of setting up a "Personal Firewall" straight from the installation stage. A user-friendly graphical front end is now available for configuring the firewall. Thus, making it simple to protect your host or network against unauthorised access. As well as this, SuSE's "crypto file system" makes sure that sensitive data is secure even if the entire hardware is stolen. Stored data is only available in unencrypted form if the user has entered the correct password. Other proven security tools included in SuSE Linux 7.3 are the mail scanner AMaViS (A Mail Virus Scanner) and PGP encryption for e-mail. SuSE YOU (YaST Online Update) ensures that the Linux system always stays up-to-date. Upon request, SuSE YOU connects to the SuSE ftp server and automatically installs the desired security updates and bug fixes free of charge.

Desktop advances include the latest version 2.2.1 of the KDE highly ergonomical user interface. Some KDE highlights: the file manager Konqueror now displays file contents in thumbnail format, especially useful for image and graphics archives. The graphical tool Kooka now handles scanning jobs very quickly and the new print assistant guides the user safely through the protocol jungle of lpr and cups.

Simplified Installation and Administration
The parallel installation of SuSE Linux together with Windows 95, 98, or ME has been substantially simplified. SuSE Linux 7.3 automatically determines free space on the hard disk and offers a suggestion for the use of this hard disk space. The former "partitioning obstacle" is overcome with a simple "continue" in the installation dialog.

In Linux Kernel 2.4.10 and glibc 2.2.4, SuSE Linux 7.3 provides state-of-the art Linux technology. Through improved memory management, Kernel 2.4.10 ensures increased performance, especially for server operations. Private users will appreciate the extended range of drivers and the improved USB support. The automatic hardware detection feature has been considerably expanded to include even more components, e.g. CD writers, Scanners and TV cards, which enables the setup tool YaST2 to execute the installation and Internet hook-up almost entirely by itself.=20 With SaX2 (SuSE advanced X configuration), you can now modify monitor and desktop settings while the system is up. Software RAID support enhances the performance and provides reliable protection against data losses.=20 Linux professionals will be eager to try out the runlevel editor for the selective activation of server services. For the first time, the scope includes YaST2 modules for administering NIS servers as well as NIS and LDAP clients. Apart from ReiserFS, two additional journaling file systems, JFS and Ext3, can be selected.

Personal and Professional Version
SuSE Linux 7.3 Personal is intended for Linux newcomers who would like to get acquainted with the advantages of the free Unix clone on a desktop computer. Three CD-ROMs include the operating system kernel and numerous applications from the fields of Office, Internet, multimedia, image processing, and games. With three easy-to-understand manuals, even users with no previous Linux experience can be lead through the entire installati on process and introduced to the functional scope of the main desktop applications.

In addition to this, SuSE Linux 7.3 Professional, offers ambitious home users and IT professionals a comprehensive portfolio of more than 2000 up-to-date software packages. For the installation, the user can choose between seven CD-ROMs and one DVD. The scope provides everything needed to set up intranet and Internet solutions as well as for interconnecting and protecting heterogeneous networks. Professional users are provided with all tools required for implementing file and print servers as well as WWW, proxy, mail, and news servers under Linux. The 7.3 Professional version contains five comprehensive manuals packed with the latest first-hand Linux know-how - including specific issues such as network configuration and security.

SuSE Linux 7.3 will be available from 18th October directly from SuSE Linux UK Ltd. or from bookstores and software retailers. The recommended retail price for SuSE Linux 7.3 Personal (3 CDs, 3 manuals, 60 days of installation support) is EUR 43,02

SuSE Linux 7.3 Professional (7 CDs, 1 DVD, 5 manuals, 90 days of installati on support) is EUR 68,02. SuSE Linux 7.3 Professional Update, the boxed version, will be also be available.