Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: openSUSE Linux 11.4 Draws Strength from Cloud Services, Community

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2011-04-01 Print this article Print
Firefox and LibreOffice

Firefox and LibreOffice

openSUSE 11.4 ships with the LibreOffice productivity suite and Firefox 4 Web browser.
openSUSE 11.4 is a modest new release in the line of community-oriented, Linux-based operating systems from Novell and the openSUSE community, marked by a raft of newly updated open-source applications and components. As with previous openSUSE releases, this distribution can serve in roles, ranging from desktop to server. However, where openSUSE (and its SUSE Linux predecessor) once stood tall among its Linux rivals, I'd sooner recommend Ubuntu or one of the Red Hat-based distributions for most client-to-server uses. With that said, what openSUSE lacks within the release itself, it helps make up for in the networked services that Novell has assembled around it, and the openSUSE project has embarked on a pair of potentially compelling new branches of the distribution-Projects Tumbleweed and Evergreen.
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. Jason's 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

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