"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
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