Desktop Linux Showdown
Desktop Linux Showdown
OpenSUSEs configuration tools are broken out into perhaps too many separate pieces.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Control Center Search
Theres a search box to help cut through the control panel maze, but it doesnt always deliver. To find font configuration tools, I should have been searching for appearance.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Beagle Desktop Search
OpenSUSE relies on Beagle for desktop search.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Bluetooth via Beagle
I wanted to check out OpenSUSEs Bluetooth functionality, and Beagle led me to the spot.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Bluetooth on Fedora
I was able to transfer files between my Treo and my Fedora 8-based test notebook, but I could not get the two talking via Fedoras new Phone Manager application.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Ubuntu\s Desktop Search
Ubuntu turns to Tracker for its desktop search needs.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Kerry Beagle Front End
OpenSUSEs KDE implementation also leans on Beagle for desktop search. I find the KDE Beagle front end, Kerry, more useful than the GNOME-based version.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Evolution Backup and Restore
GNOME 2.20, shown here on Fedora 8, comes with a very useful backup and restore feature for Evolution. Ubuntu 7.10 also includes this option, but the version of Evolution that comes with OpenSUSE, strangely, does not.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Online Desktop Demo
Fedora 8 offers an early look at Red Hats Online Desktop initiative. At this point, the software amounts to little more than a handful of links to online services.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Online Desktop in Action
Fedora 8s online desktop demo connected me, through Firefox, to a set of online services.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Tomboy Tasks
As implemented in OpenSUSE, the Tomboy note-taking tool (which is one of my favorite applications) offers an integrated task list option that Ubuntu and Fedoras Tomboy implementations lack.
Desktop Linux Showdown - OpenOffice.org 2.3
Ubuntu 7.10 (shown here), OpenSUSE 10.3 and Fedora 8 all ship with the OpenOffice.org 2.3 office productivity suite.
Desktop Linux Showdown - OOXML Support
The version of OpenOffice.org that ships with OpenSUSE supports Microsofts OOXML format. Ubuntu also offers this support, while Fedora does not.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Restricted Software Repository
Ubuntu 7.10 made it easy to enable ATIs proprietary graphics adapter driver-once I enabled the 'restricted' software repository.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Driver Installation
OpenSUSEs driver installation utility looked promising, but it didnt manage to enable my test systems ATI driver.
Desktop Linux Showdown - KDE Start Menu
OpenSUSEs KDE implementation is very slick. The OpenSUSE 10.3 KDE Start Menu, for instance, definitely outshines that of its GNOME cousin.
Desktop Linux Showdown - More KDE Start Menu
OpenSUSEs KDE Start Menu returns search results as you type.
Desktop Linux Showdown - My OpenSUSE Computer
OpenSUSEs KDE implementation sports a rather handy system state overview page.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Kubuntu 7.10
Ubuntu boasts a KDE implementation of its own.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Delta RPM
OpenSUSE features bandwidth-saving delta RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) update support. Neither Fedora nor Ubuntu offers this capability.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Debconf
Ubuntus package configuration application, Debconf, is a big competitive advantage for the distribution.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Zypper
The new OpenSUSE 10.3 command-line software management tool, Zypper, presents information effectively.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Resolve Dependency Problems
OpenSUSEs software tools offer very granular options for resolving package dependency problems.
Desktop Linux Showdown - More Dependency Resolution
OpenSUSEs software dependency-resolving tools work from the command line, as well.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Are You Sure You Want to Remove That?
Fedoras software management tools warned me about removing an old kernel version from my test system.
Desktop Linux Showdown - One-Click Installation
OpenSUSE now sports a One-Click installation option. Let the Amazon patent lawsuits ensue ...
Desktop Linux Showdown - More One-Click
The One-Click installer pulls down dependencies from the needed repositories and provides the option of keeping those repositories configured or discarding them.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Codec Buddy to the Rescue
Fedoras new Codec Buddy application swung into action to keep me on the codec licensing straight and narrow, offering either to hook me up with a codec vendor or to steer me toward free formats.
Desktop Linux Showdown - More Codec Buddy
Codec Buddy directed me to a pair of codec options from Fluendo.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Ubuntu\s Codec Buddy
As with Fedora 8, Ubuntu 7.10 suggests codec options. In this case, however, Ubuntu came up empty where Fedora had offered a solution.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Configuring Repositories
OpenSUSE boasts an impressive community of software packagers.
Desktop Linux Showdown - ATI Driver Repository
ATI hosts OpenSUSE repositories for the vendors graphics adapter drivers.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Package Manager Gridlock
Most of OpenSUSEs configuration utilities are capable of installing additional packages, if thats whats required to carry out a configuration. The downside of this is that these various tools, when run together, lock each other out of the software mana
Desktop Linux Showdown - IcedTea Java Implementation
Ubuntu and Fedora both offered me the option of installing a Sun OpenJDK (Java Development Kit)-fortified GCJ (GNU Compiler for Java) plug-in for my Java needs, but after having trouble with certain applets, I switched back to Suns non-free JRE (Java Run
Desktop Linux Showdown - Gnash Player
Ubuntu 7.10 also offered me an open-source alternative to Adobes Flash player.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Package Updater
Fedora's software management tools appear a bit faster in Version 8, but have otherwise changed little since Version 7.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Ubuntu\s Commercial Cupboard Is Bare
Ubuntus Add/Remove software management application makes way for proprietary applications, but Opera and VMware Player are looking lonely in there.
Desktop Linux Showdown - Upgrade in Place
It was easy to upgrade Ubuntu 7.04 to the current 7.10 version. The earlier versions update manager advised me of the new release.