Just a little over a month and half ago, Novell released their free community-developed version of SUSE Linux, known as openSUSE, version 10.3. I downloaded the DVD image and took my time to evaluate this offering of one of the more well-known Linux distributions.
My impressions were, in general, favorable and I recommend this new version of SUSE, albeit with a few caveats. What follows is a bit of a how-to on installation, an explanation on what you need to do to get SUSE working for you along with my opinion about how it will work as an operating system for all your computing needs.
I put the DVD in the drive of my test machine, a 4 year old Pentium 4 with 500 mbs of RAM and an ATi Radeon for a video card. I try to use older, somewhat under-powered machines to test these distributions. That way, I get a good idea about how they might work for the public in general. An attractive green boot screen came up quickly and showed various options. I selected 'install' and I was on my way.
Using openSUSE 10.3
The first thing that caught my eye when I first booted the system, is the clean look of openSUSE's version of the GNOME desktop.
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