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OfB.biz: SuSE 8.2: More Desktop Progress

Jul 21, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

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"As we lead up to the 2003 Open Choice Awards here at Open for Business, we start afresh on our desktop distribution survey. Over the next few weeks we will consider Mandrake and Red Hat's latest entries, as well as lesser-known Libranet GNU/Linux. Today, however, we put the microscope on the successor to the spring Penguin Shootout award's winner--SuSE Linux 8.2.

"SuSE 8.2 is very much an incremental release, as the version number would seem to indicate (although we put very little weight on version numbers when it comes to distributions). As one might expect in such a case, much of what we said about SuSE Linux 8.1 is still valid for 8.2.

"Unfortunately, this includes not only the good but also the bad points we found in 8.1. Our Logitech MX 700 mouse, connected through the mouse's included PS/2 adapter, failed to be detected again. This left us with a frozen mouse pointer that forced us to navigate through the first few screens and select the mouse utility, to change the settings, using only the keyboard. The 'overview screen' that we have complained about has been somewhat improved for those who keyboard their way around it, allowing us to go directly through the options on the main part of the screen just like one would on a web page. The mouse screen was slightly more problematic, not responding to pressing the Alt key and the letter underlined on the various buttons (normally an underlined letter on a button indicates that Alt plus that key will have the same effect as clicking on that button)..."

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