The Professional Flavor
Meanwhile, SuSE Linux 9.1 Professional Edition, which is geared toward the Linux enthusiast and priced at $89.99, will include upward of 2,500 packages on five CDs or two DVDs. The software will work on not only 32-bit architectures but also on Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp. 64-bit platforms. "So, when it comes to running things like Samba 3 and Apache and databases and getting a far more technical experience, the Professional Edition is still a nice choice for people who want that supported, easily accessible retail product, but who dont want to have to enter into the enterprise flavor of Linux we also offer," he said.Files deleted on the client can now be restored on the server. With the single sign-on, authentication on a Samba server does not require any further changes for a Windows XP client. The consolidation of hardware is facilitated by the option to configure virtual Samba servers. Ungershick also said the SuSE Linux 9.1 update will be a significant release vehicle for KDE 3.2.1, released last week. The open-source desktop offers a number of feature enhancements, such as accessibility improvements and application enhancements, including Kontacts, which now has a unified user interface for all e-mail, calendaring and addressing. He also drew attention to Konquer, the interfaces browser-file explorer, which now supports spell checking and password storage in a single place. The updated SuSE Linux software will also support the GNOME 2.4.2 desktop, and there are several enhancements to this as well, including Windows-based printing configuration. Ungershick also reiterated that, unlike Red Hat Inc. and other major Linux players, Novell and SuSE remain committed to a Linux consumer desktop offering going forward. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at http://linux.eweek.com for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
Other new features in SuSE Linux 9.1 include an update to Samba 3 that ensures the optimum interaction of Linux and Windows hosts in heterogeneous networks. Samba 3 now enables the integration of Linux hosts in Windows domains and access to Active Directory.