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DistroWatch.com: SuSE Linux 8.0 FTP Download Edition (Review)

Jul 08, 2002, 23:30 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ladislav Bodnar)

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"SuSE is sometimes criticised by the media and the Linux community for four different reasons. The first one is a thorny issue of not providing freely downloadable ISO images of their products. The second is the marketing ploy of shipping two editions of boxed sets, of which the cheaper Personal edition lacks so many vital applications that it is impossible to recommend it -- unless you are buying it for the grandma. None of SuSE's main competitors, such as Red Hat or Mandrake have ever resorted to such lowly money-spinning tactics.

"Unavailability of open beta testing is another sore point and yet another area where SuSE differs from the rest. Then there is that subtle arrogance of a corporation's marketing department - quickly embracing any praise that comes SuSE's way while flatly refusing to accept any criticism as valid. This is a major difference between SuSE and Mandrake; try to offer a critical look at an aspect of the Mandrake distribution and they will react quickly, publish the story and open up for suggestions and improvements by their users. Not so at SuSE.

"Amazingly though, SuSE still remains one of the top Linux distributions. How did they achieve it? The obvious hard work is no doubt behind the success. By implementing that legendary German quality of being notoriously obsessed with precision, by following clear and logical guidelines and by providing an efficient and eye-pleasing environment to accomplish those daily tasks, SuSE has definitely won the hearts of many. SuSE 8.0 is another great milestone as you will shortly find out if you follow this story till the end..."

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