The Professional Flavor

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-03-18 Print this article Print

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.
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.
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 for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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