: 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.
(+) 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
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.