By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2004-11-22 Print this article Print

NLD comes with a decent selection of software--but not nearly as much as Suse 9.2 Professional. You can pick additional packages during the installation, so what you end up with depends on what you choose at install time. Heres a list of what we had available on our desktop:
  • Firefox
  • Evolution
  • GAIM
  • Citrix ICA Client
  • Red Carpet
  • Epiphany
  • Mozilla
  • Konqueror
  • Gimp
  • RealPlayer 10
Theres just enough software available for the most common computing tasks, but not so much that the average user would feel overwhelmed by choices. We feel that NLD is closer to Suse Personal in that sense than it is to Suse 9.2 Professional. If youre a software junkie and you cant get enough choices, NLD might not be what youre looking for. Youd do better with Suse Professional for the largest selection of software possible.
Managing NLD
NLD comes with Ximians Red Carpet, which made it easy to update our system. Yast 2 is also available in the Administrator settings (with Novell branding on it of course). Using Yast, you can add/remove software, see your Hardware, System, Network Devices, Network Services, Security, and Users, as well as Miscellaneous settings. Between Red Carpet and Yast, managing NLD is pretty much a breeze. Continued...

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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