Feeds

SuSE touts user-friendly v8.0

Up and running in minutes

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

SuSE Linux aims to make its open source distribution more user friendly with version 8.0 of its Professional Edition, launched today.

Version 8.0 is based on version 2.4.18 of the Linux kernel and includes an improved desktop interface, KDE 3.0, which is closer to the Windows desktop environment most users are familiar with.

Using the YaST2 configuration program, users can have SuSE Professional Edition version 8.0 (which comes in seven CDs or one DVD) up and running on a blank PC in 20 minutes, according to Roger Whittaker, a technical consultant at SuSE.

"We're trying to develop the most functional and easy to use Linux distribution available," said Whittaker, who added that many large businesses and police organisations are exploring the use of Linux on the desktop. Desktop use of Linux remains the exception, of course, but SuSE reckons Microsoft's latest licensing policies will see Linux distro make inroads into the Windows hegemony.

Office suites OpenOffice.org and StarOffice 5.2 both come bundled with SuSE Professional Edition Version 8.0, along with an improved Linux-based firewall. It also includes Sun's Grid Engine 5.3 distributed resource management software, Apache 1.3.23 and file and print server for Windows networks, Samba 2.2.3a.

Support for multimedia devices such as CD writers is improved but SuSE support for scanners, though improved, remains less than perfect. ADSL users will still have to download proprietary software from Alcatel to get their connections up and running with the distro. Meanwhile, DVD support for Linux users remains embroiled in legal issues, particularly in America where the DeCSS case impedes out-of-the-box support.

The recommended retail price for Linux 8.0 Professional (which comes with 90 days installation support) is €79.90. ®

Related stories

DVD hacker Johansen indicted in Norway
Forcing Linux on a crap Presario laptop
SuSE 7.3 rocks Red Hat and flips XP the bird
SuSE wins fresh finance
SuSE buys off trademark extortionist
A fresher Linux for Macs
Sun embraces x86 in Linux overture
Sun to charge for StarOffice (Linux and Windows)
Microsoft's License to Confuse
Finnish city closer to switch from Windows to Linux
Danish local govt. rebels against MS license terms
Linux to help police with their enquiries?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER
First browser to protect networks' bandwith using official spec
Admins! Never mind POODLE, there're NEW OpenSSL bugs to splat
Four new patches for open-source crypto libraries
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.