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OSNews: SuSE 8.2 Pro Vs Red Hat Linux 9 in Desktop Usage

Apr 29, 2003, 19:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aki Kolehmainen)

"This is not a review whether these key Linux distributions are ready for the desktop. They are--we use them for all the work we have--and we have plenty of it. This is a review whether Red Hat Linux 9 is a better choice than SuSE 8.2 Pro for desktop use.

"The test machine first had Red Hat 9 installed. SuSE 8.2 was installed to the space left free by Red Hat. The machine was a very ordinary PC with a 60 GB hard drive, a R-DVD and RW-CDROM drives and 256 MB of RAM.

"Both SuSE and Red Hat have a graphical installation manager. That's about all that's common. General installation logic is very different. Red Hat installation is clearly easier for a newcomer to understand and click through. However, with a little bit of knowledge of Linux, SuSE's feature-rich KDE style installation manager is very useful. Better check SuSE packages before you give it a go, since several key applications are not installed by default, like 'locate' does not work on the command line. During the installation SuSE performs an unexpected reboot of the system that felt confusing. In general, installation itself is not an issue..."

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