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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-03-11 Print this article Print

: "> Version 8.2 will be an exciting release for SuSE as it includes an easy-to-use, application-rich desktop to help home users transition easily from other platforms, he said. It also includes version 3.1 of KDE (K Desktop Environment), which Dyroff said would ease Internet access with its new tabbed browsing functionality and a download manager for simplified downloading.
Korganizer, the scheduler application, adds support for Microsoft Exchange 2000 servers, so customers can easily synchronize their Korganizer data with Exchange, he said. On the desktop productivity front, SuSE Linux 8.2 will ship with 1.0.2, which includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools.
SuSE announced in September that it was dropping Sun Microsystems Inc.s branded StarOffice 6.0 desktop productivity suite in favor of the free OpenOffice alternative. That move followed the decision by leading Linux distributor Red Hat Inc. not to use StarOffice in any of its future distributions, not just because Sun was now charging for the product but also as it included non open-source technologies. SuSE Linux 8.2 also includes advanced fax and phone capabilities for ISDN cards. Incoming fax messages will now be able to be received by e-mail, and calls can be automatically received by e-mail as sound files, Dyroff said. The new distribution will also include MainActor, a professional video editing application, as well as CD/DVD writing applications, sound mixing, editing and an integrated synthesizer. "The enhanced SuSE configuration profile manager allows notebook users who commute between different locations to switch to the network and hardware configurations of every office site and use scanners and printers at the respective location with a simple mouse click," he said. SuSE Linux 8.2 is based on the SuSE-optimized kernel 2.4.20, which has more than 1,200 drivers to ensure solid performance. "Hardware changes far more frequently in the desktop and workstation areas than on the server side. "This release also includes all sorts of improvements on the wireless front. Laptop users will also value the improved wireless LAN support that can be easily configured with our Yet another Setup tool," Dyroff said. The latest product also focuses on protecting data and hosts and includes SuSE Firewall 2, a crypto file system for protecting data in the event of theft, support for S/MIME standards for e-mail encryption, and the ability to store folders in a crypto file system without the need for a new partitioning, he said. Latest Linux News: Search for more stories by Peter Galli.
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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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