Putting OpenSUSE 10.2 Through Its Paces

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-12-08 Print this article Print

Review: It's not a perfect Linux desktop distribution, but it's pretty darn good. (DesktopLinux)

Sooner than anyone expected it, Novell Inc.s openSUSE community Linux distribution project has delivered a new version: openSUSE 10.2. As a dyed-in-the-wool SUSE user since S.u.S.E Linux 4.2 first appeared in 1996, DesktopLinux.coms resident Linux curmudgeon wasted no time giving the latest openSUSE version a whirl.
OpenSUSEs new and improved KDE environment worked flawlessly, according to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Thats more than can be said, however, for the package manager, which delivered a blunt error report.
The new "pattern" feature of the package manager, which "gives you a large selection of different default setups for your system," on the other hand, gets mixed reviews. Basically, its a good idea, but with a few wrinkles that could use smoothing out. Read the full story on DesktopLinux: Putting openSUSE 10.2 through its paces Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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