SuSE Linux has formally announced the latest version of its
personal and professional editions, SuSE Linux 8.2, continuing its
strong entries in the home- and private-user channels.
SuSE Linux 8.2, will be available on April 14, and will feature
an enhanced KDE 3.1 and a GNOME 2.2 desktop that's "more enhanced
than you have seen before," according to Holger Dyroff, General
The increased focus on GNOME may be a direct result of the new
Ximian-SuSE partnership announced last week--but don't look for
Ximian Desktop for SuSE on the Personal and Professional editions
SuSE is steadfast in keeping the licensing model for these two
editions at the "buy once, install infinitely" model, and this
precludes any future inclusion of a Ximian Desktop in the Personal
and Professional editions, due to the commercial nature of the
Ximian license, Dyroff explained. However, he added, Ximian's
license model would not prevent the use of Ximian Desktop in their
corporate offerings with different fee structures.
SuSE is continuing to push their Personal and Professional
editions as many other Linux distributions almost seem poised to
give up on the home user in favor of the enterprise markets. Dyroff
scoffed at the notion that a Linux company had to give up one group
for the other.
"A big chunk of our revenue comes from this user group," Dyroff
explained. "Why should we focus on the corporate market and
disfocus on a group of users we've had since 1993?"
So, while SuSE continues expanding into the corporate channel
with their SuSE LInux Office Desktop and SuSE Enterprise Server
products, they have no intentions of leaving the home user
And these two editions of SuSE Linux 8.2 will clearly be aimed
at the home user, with such applications as GNU Cash, which SuSE is
touting because of its new features and support of the home banking
standard protocol HBCI.
SuSE is also highlighting the presence of OpenOffice.org 1.0.2;
new fax and telephone applications, MainActor, a professional video
editing application; CD/DVD writing applications; sound mixing;
editing; and an integrated synthesizer.
Also included in the mix of applications will be the KDE
scanning application Kooka and the commercial OCR tool Kadmos.
Printer and scanner support, as well as wireless network card
and even full winmodem support will also be featured in these new
released, Dyroff said.
SuSE Linux 8.2 will be based on kernel 2.4.20 and will have with
more than 1,200 drivers. Other notable software components will
include XFree86 4.3, gcc 3.3, and Java 1.4.
Dyroff said that though these editions are most often marketed
to the home consumer, they are also seen a strong use of this
software amongst IT professionals who want to test SuSE out before
introducing the corporate products in their organizations.
The difference between the two editions of SuSE Linux 8.2 will,
again, be in the amount of software that is included in each
version. Professional will carry the most applications, enough to
fill a whopping five CDs or two DVDs. 8.2 Personal's release will
have three CDs.
According to the company's statement, SuSE Linux 8.2 will be
available directly from the manufacturer via www.suse.com and at
computer retailers on April 14. The recommended retail price for
SuSE Linux 8.2 Personal (3 CDs, User Guide, 60 days of installation
support) is US$39.95; the price for SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional (5
CDs, 2 DVDs, User Guide + Administration Guide, 90 days of
installation support) is US$79.95.
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