Executive Summary

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-05-27 Print this article Print

: SuSE Linux 8.0"> Executive Summary: SuSE Linux 8.0
With a focus on usability that doesnt come at the cost of flexibility, SuSE Linuxs SuSE Linux 8.0 rose to the top in our tests to earn the Analysts Choice designation. This SuSE Linux upgrade proved that it is well suited to supplant Windows on many mainstream desktop machines, with industry-leading distribution control and streamlined installation.

Cost Analysis

SuSE 8.0 comes in $39.95 Personal and $79.95 Professional editions. With a friendly interface for most system setup tasks, users should take to SuSE with minimal retraining, and SuSEs open-source status means theres no software licensing to track.

(+) Best control panel of the distributions we tested; very good installation routine; ships with KDE 3.0.

(-) Lacks Mandrake Linuxs file sharing and font utilities; no tools for setting up WLANs.

Evaluation Short List
  • Red Hats Red Hat Linux 7.3
  • MandrakeSofts Mandrake Linux 8.2
  • Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP Professional
  • Apple Computer Inc.s Mac OS X
  • www.suse.com

    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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