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OpenSUSE 11.1 Vies for Desktop Linux Supremacy

Feb 19, 2009, 18:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Brooks)

"As in previous SUSE releases, OpenSUSE 11.1 seems to err on the side of complexity (or bloat, depending on your point of view) when it comes to packing in its desktop-focused features. For instance, my OpenSUSE installation gave me more configuration options for setting up my display settings than I'm accustomed to seeing from Red Hat or Ubuntu releases, but I had to use a combination of two separate, partially overlapping display settings tools to arrive at my desired setup.

"In any case, OpenSUSE 11.1 is an excellent general-purpose Linux distribution that's more focused on providing a friendly end-user experience than is the more leading-edge oriented Fedora. Although I still prefer the complete community support, software availability and system administration package that Ubuntu Linux offers, OpenSUSE 11.1 is a very compelling desktop option in its own right, and certainly worthy of consideration.

"OpenSUSE 11.1 comes in versions for x86, AMD64 and PowerPC systems, and can be freely downloaded here. What's more, the x86 and AMD64 flavors of the distribution are also available in a $60 boxed retail version that comes with 90-day installation support, physical media and a printed "Getting Started" guide.

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