Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Review

Filed under
Reviews
SUSE

I've tested and/or reviewed every version of this operating system (now on its third name) since the first version, and each time I start out impressed but end up walking away disappointed. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is not an exception to this tradition. While it may be a decent desktop operating system, I can't possibly recommend that sysadmins rely on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 in a production environment.

What's new in version 10

First, the obvious: all of the standard packages have been updated. The kernel is at version 2.6.16.21, OpenOffice.org is at version 2.0.2, Firefox at 1.5.0.4, and GNOME is at version 2.12.2. Were you expecting KDE instead? With SLED 10, Novell has changed the default desktop environment from KDE to GNOME, thought KDE is still available if you wish to install it.

SLED 10's GNOME implementation has been modified from its highly usable default interface to to one that very much resembles Windows XP and Windows Vista in terms of functionality and menu placement. Taken as a whole, however, SLED 10's interface is unique enough that even seasoned GNU/Linux, OS X, and Windows veterans will have some initial trouble figuring out where things are and what everything does.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Gaming

today's howtos

Leftovers: Software

Intel Beignet Is Working Out Surprisingly Well For OpenCL On Linux

Beignet is the project out of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center for exposing GPGPU/compute capabilities out of Ivy Bridge hardware and newer when using a fully open-source Linux stack. While Beignet differs greatly from Gallium3D's Clover state tracker, this Intel-specific open-source OpenCL implementation is working out quite well for Ubuntu Linux. While I've been writing about Intel's Beignet project since early 2013, it's probably been about a year now since I tried out the code, which is developed by Intel's OTC graphics team in China. This weekend I tried out Beignet v0.9.2 as trying out the newest Intel OpenCL code has been on my TODO list for a while and it's been working out rather well in my initial tests. Read more