Desktop Linux Showdown - Bluetooth on Fedora

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2007-11-27
 
 
 

Desktop Linux Showdown

OpenSUSEs configuration tools are broken out into perhaps too many separate pieces.

Desktop Linux Showdown

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 - Control Center Search

Desktop Linux Showdown - Beagle Desktop Search

OpenSUSE relies on Beagle for desktop search.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Beagle 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 via Beagle

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 - Bluetooth on Fedora

Desktop Linux Showdown - Ubuntu\s Desktop Search

Ubuntu turns to Tracker for its desktop search needs.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Ubuntu\s Desktop Search

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 - Kerry Beagle Front End

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 - Evolution Backup and Restore

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 Demo

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 - Online Desktop in Action

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 - Tomboy Tasks

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 - OpenOffice.org 2.3

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 - OOXML Support

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 - 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 - Driver Installation

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 - KDE Start Menu

Desktop Linux Showdown - More KDE Start Menu

OpenSUSEs KDE Start Menu returns search results as you type.

Desktop Linux Showdown - More KDE Start Menu

Desktop Linux Showdown - My OpenSUSE Computer

OpenSUSEs KDE implementation sports a rather handy system state overview page.

Desktop Linux Showdown - My OpenSUSE Computer

Desktop Linux Showdown - Kubuntu 7.10

Ubuntu boasts a KDE implementation of its own.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Kubuntu 7.10

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 - Delta RPM

Desktop Linux Showdown - Debconf

Ubuntus package configuration application, Debconf, is a big competitive advantage for the distribution.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Debconf

Desktop Linux Showdown - Zypper

The new OpenSUSE 10.3 command-line software management tool, Zypper, presents information effectively.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Zypper

Desktop Linux Showdown - Resolve Dependency Problems

OpenSUSEs software tools offer very granular options for resolving package dependency problems.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Resolve Dependency Problems

Desktop Linux Showdown - More Dependency Resolution

OpenSUSEs software dependency-resolving tools work from the command line, as well.

Desktop Linux Showdown - More Dependency Resolution

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 - Are You Sure You Want to Remove That?

Desktop Linux Showdown - One-Click Installation

OpenSUSE now sports a One-Click installation option. Let the Amazon patent lawsuits ensue ...

Desktop Linux Showdown - One-Click Installation

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 - More One-Click

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 - Codec Buddy to the Rescue

Desktop Linux Showdown - More Codec Buddy

Codec Buddy directed me to a pair of codec options from Fluendo.

Desktop Linux Showdown - More Codec Buddy

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 - Ubuntu\s Codec Buddy

Desktop Linux Showdown - Configuring Repositories

OpenSUSE boasts an impressive community of software packagers.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Configuring Repositories

Desktop Linux Showdown - ATI Driver Repository

ATI hosts OpenSUSE repositories for the vendors graphics adapter drivers.

Desktop Linux Showdown - ATI Driver Repository

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 - Package Manager Gridlock

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 - IcedTea Java Implementation

Desktop Linux Showdown - Gnash Player

Ubuntu 7.10 also offered me an open-source alternative to Adobes Flash player.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Gnash 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 - Package Updater

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 - Ubuntu\s Commercial Cupboard Is Bare

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.

Desktop Linux Showdown - Upgrade in Place

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