By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-10-31 Print this article Print

The first version of SUSE Linux for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s 64-bit architecture shipped in April 2003. It was the first AMD64 Linux distribution that we tested, and multiarchitecture support remains one of SUSEs strong suits. Although the 64-bit version of SUSE Linux 10.0 lacks some of the software packages that are available for x86, such as those for User Mode Linux, SUSE Linux 10.0 delivers the best AMD64 experience of any operating system weve tested so far.

Ubuntu 5.10 and SUSE Linux 10.0 are available for free download from www. ubuntu.com/download and www.opensuse.org/download, respectively. In either case, your best bet is to download the ISO images for the distributions from one of the mirrors listed on those pages or via BitTorrent Inc.s BitTorrent, which is what we did.

Alternatively, the Ubuntu project will mail disks for free on request, and Novell sells a $60 boxed version of SUSE Linux 10.0 that includes 300-plus packages not found on the downloadable images, along with printed documentation and physical media.

Both Ubuntu 5.10 and SUSE Linux 10.0 support x86, AMD64 and PowerPC processor architectures—we tested both distributions in their x86 and AMD64 iterations, using an AMD64 workstation and an Intel Corp. Pentium M laptop.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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