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The Register: SuSE 8.0, KDE 3.0 First Look

May 09, 2002, 20:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C. Greene)

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"People have been wondering why a conservative company like SuSE would go with two x.0 versions, theirs and KDE's, to form the core of their latest distro; and I must say that on the basis of my experience with x.0's I was ready for some comic frustration when I installed SuSE 8.0-Pro the other day.

"Ah, but it was a delightfully boring affair which went off without a hitch. YaST2 has been sharpened a bit since 7.3, with cleaner splash and boot screens, and a Web-style links menu for installation options. I chose XFS again, chiefly to be fair to Mandrake which I kicked to the curb in a recent review of their new 8.2 distro.

"Package selection in any SuSE Pro distro is a lengthy affair, taking a good twenty minutes if you're familiar with it. If you've never used SuSE, then you might count on forty-five minutes to get it all sorted. Pretty much everything you could ever hope to find on the Web for Linux is there. The packages have been separated into even more categories now in hopes of simplifying the task. I don't think it helps much; but I really like the freedom of choice. That is, after all, one of the chief virtues of Linux..."

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