Linux - Room for Improvement

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This month's column was supposed to be a look at openSUSE 10.2. Here's what I have to report thus far: openSUSE 10.2 is the only distribution that has stubbornly refused to install on my current test machine, an older Dell Dimension 8100 desktop. Earlier versions of SUSE installed just fine on this same PC; likewise, Fedora, Mandriva, Xandros, Linspire, and Ubuntu Linuxes have all lived happily on it.

I can also report that the openSUSE forums are friendly and responsive--I was helped past my first installation roadblock within a few short hours. But one obstacle has led to another, and so far I'm nowhere near the finish line.

I suppose this could be considered a knock against my contention last month that Linux hardware support is rock solid. On the other hand, this issue seems to be some oddball regression peculiar to the SUSE installer--so one thing I would like to see in 2007 is the SUSE installer regaining its former strength.

That wish got me to thinking about other things I would be happy to see on the Linux front in 2007. Here's the rest of my current wish list.

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