OpenSUSE 10.3 opens for business
Chameleon adds more colours to its palette
Another day, another Linux distro point revision. Honours this time go to OpenSUSE, available now in version 10.3 for free download at www.opensuse.org.
You can also buy this open source operating system, which is based on Linux kernel 2.6.22, from some retailers and at shopnovell.com for $59.95 in real money. Or, rather, you can place your pre-order. Flash the cash, and you will at some undetermined but real soon time get a boxed version, a manual and 90 days installation support thrown in.
So what goodies come with openSUSE 10.3, you ask? A nicer look and feel, courtesy of the latest versions of the GNOME and KDE desktop interfaces, we reply. And let's not forget newer versions of Open Office and AppArmor security software, and MP3 support "out of the box".
And support for just about every virtualization software company that you can think of, and some that you can't.
Also, props to the new 1-Click Install option, which makes it easier for users to access all those lovely software packages hanging out at the openSUSE Build Service. 1-Click was built by a single openSUSE community member - there are 54,000 of them, which is quite a gang.
Novell, which flogs Enterprise SUSE Linux to corporates, sponsors the OpenSUSE Project. ®
People's Front vs. Popular Front etc.
Does the capitalist tie-in make S.u.S.E. "Running Dog Linux"?
Just asking, been out of college so long...
Which reminds me:
"Who's the Glorious Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party?"
--Fat Freddy (AKA Frederick Freekowtski)
--Fat Freddy's Cat
P.S. I used to like S.u.S.E. because you could go into Borders and walk out with a well-backed, well-packed Linux distro with manual. Now it just seems to be a pawn (or is it stalking horse?) in a much larger game. As for Novell's craven capitulation to (probably vacuous) patent threats, I'm put in mind of a Spike Jones tune. Updating the lyrics was easy, too easy, actually:
Ven Herr Ballmer says, "Ve own ze desktop space"
Ve "Heil!" (boom) "Heil!" (boom) right in Herr Ballmer's face.
Not to kneel to Redmond is a great disgrace,
Zo ve "Heil!" (boom) "Heil!" (boom) right in Herr Ballmer's face!
Big Brother Bust Up.
Open Source avenues/parallels are the Special Forces of MainStream Operating Systems and their regard for any Rules of Engagement/Command Structure equally Relative and Provisional.
"At MS the word is that "Linux is an OS and not a communist party". They are even ready to support it and they made their major packages relatively aware of this part of the outer world." Cool metaphor, Anonymous Vulture, .....makes a lot of Perfect Sense.
Of course, before the Invention of Closed and Secret Society Systems Using and Abusing Capitalism and ITs Controls, there was always natural communism, which is the Default Natural State...... for anything Created to replace it is an artificially created program for Subjective Control of Power rather than Objective Power in Control.
And an Open Source/MS Tie-in is inevitable ..... seeing as how they can hardly see what you are doing through their nifty Windows portal, if you don't use it.
How many times have you done something new to discover that it is not so new all of a sudden? A Shoddy Spy in every Home?
Holy ShIT, Batman, Shoddy IT just aint Cricket.
Oh dear, touched a nerve did I?
Linux *does* have its niches, in various markets, but to most of the general public and even to most of the IT world it is barely visible. Surely you wouldn't disagree with that? It's a shame, but it has been that way for a very *long* time (in IT terms, where most people view five years as a long time).
I'm well aware of the standards on and around which GNU/Linux is based. For example, I remember POSIX and XPG4, both part of a set of standards which was supposed to enable Unixes to compete on a level playing field for "open standards"-based business (eg US and various other governments), back in the days when "open standards" were trendier than "open source".
I even remember Lasermoon in England who were hoping to be big by being the first POSIX-certified, XPG4-certified, GPL-licenced UNIX-compatible (1) distro. That was back in 1995 or so. They vanished (went bust?) shortly after that, although Caldera (remember them?) bought some of their POSIX and XPG stuff.
I also remember wondering if the Linux Standards Base would have a more visible long term impact than POSIX and XPG4. So, standards, yeah, as the saying goes "the nice thing is there's so many to choose from", and the number of window managers or mail clients or (whatever) a Linux user can pick from certainly illustrates that.
Isn't it funny how there's only one real gcc and one real Linux kernel though? Where standards/compatibility is a requirement needed by the techies rather than an afterthought needed if Joe Public is to get with the program, standards can't be ignored so easily.
Way back in the dinosaur era, Unix was going downhill commercially till the commercial outfits decided the infighting between the System V and the BSD camps was a distraction (what chance is their of writing portable apps to take over the world when the two Unixes can't agree on the syntax for "fd = open( )"? Java's taken off, not because it gives people choices, but because it's (allegedly) a standard.
Etc. Get the drift?
The Windows world mostly just ignores standards unless it suits them ("embrace and extend", remember?). Ignoring standards hasn't hurt MS too much, but the Linux world doesn't have the advantage of being the incumbent monopoly (except perhaps in a few niches such as HPTC and ...), and unless something changes in the way the "evangelists" behave (ie the first few replies here), it'll stay that way. Would these "evangelists" really rather have folks using Windows rather than using a Linux which isn't their own divinely-chosen preferred distro, 'cos that's how the first few replies read to me?
 UNIX is a trademark of ... so many different companies I've lost track. And perhaps there's a lesson there too; diversity is good sometimes, but not always.