1Desktop Linux Showdown
OpenSUSEs configuration tools are broken out into perhaps too many separate pieces.
2Desktop 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.
3Desktop Linux Showdown – Beagle Desktop Search
OpenSUSE relies on Beagle for desktop search.
4Desktop Linux Showdown – Bluetooth via Beagle
I wanted to check out OpenSUSEs Bluetooth functionality, and Beagle led me to the spot.
5Desktop 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.
6Desktop Linux Showdown – Ubuntus Desktop Search
Ubuntu turns to Tracker for its desktop search needs.
7Desktop 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.
8Desktop 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.
9Desktop 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.
10Desktop Linux Showdown – Online Desktop in Action
Fedora 8s online desktop demo connected me, through Firefox, to a set of online services.
11Desktop 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.
12Desktop 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.
13Desktop 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.
14Desktop 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.
15Desktop Linux Showdown – Driver Installation
OpenSUSEs driver installation utility looked promising, but it didnt manage to enable my test systems ATI driver.
16Desktop 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.
17Desktop Linux Showdown – More KDE Start Menu
OpenSUSEs KDE Start Menu returns search results as you type.
18Desktop Linux Showdown – My OpenSUSE Computer
OpenSUSEs KDE implementation sports a rather handy system state overview page.
19Desktop Linux Showdown – Kubuntu 7.10
Ubuntu boasts a KDE implementation of its own.
20Desktop Linux Showdown – Delta RPM
OpenSUSE features bandwidth-saving delta RPM (Red Hat Package Manager) update support. Neither Fedora nor Ubuntu offers this capability.
21Desktop Linux Showdown – Debconf
Ubuntus package configuration application, Debconf, is a big competitive advantage for the distribution.
22Desktop Linux Showdown – Zypper
The new OpenSUSE 10.3 command-line software management tool, Zypper, presents information effectively.
23Desktop Linux Showdown – Resolve Dependency Problems
OpenSUSEs software tools offer very granular options for resolving package dependency problems.
24Desktop Linux Showdown – More Dependency Resolution
OpenSUSEs software dependency-resolving tools work from the command line, as well.
25Desktop 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.