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Local Utah Linux Users Speak Out About SUSE.

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By Jason Jones

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Posted: 3 Mar 2005

So what does the Linux world have to say about SUSE Linux 9.2 Professional and other Linux applications? The corner located in Provo Utah definitey has some good words.

Below are some excerpts out of an email thread from the Provo Linux Users Group.

"Novell is putting its code where its mouth is.  I'm really starting to
like what I see.  For example:

Novell Launches Open Source Collaboration Server Initiative

This will fill a big void it the open source world."

Been lots of talk here about moving our Windows workstations to Linux
since all we really use is a web browser, e-mail, OpenOffice, etc.
After this discussion I think we want to give Suse a go,
especially because of that mutli-head comment.
Must have our dual monitor lovin'.

I recently (within the last month) installed SUSE Desktop 9.1 on two new
workstations.  It couldn't have gone smoother.  (The workstations are HP
Compaq d530's).
I simply downloaded the boot CD ISO, burned it to a CD, booted it, and
pointed the install to an HTTP (not FTP) repository.  The repository I
used for both installs was
To get the boot CD ISO, download (about 23MB).  You can
also try to get floppy images and create install floppies, but I didn't
have good luck doing that.  The install kept hanging at some point.  But
the boot CD worked magically.
For one machine, I booted, answered a few questions, then had lunch. 
Came back to a nice, shiny new SUSE desktop.  For the other, I booted,
answered a few questions, then went home.  Came back the next morning to
a nice, shiny new SUSE desktop.
At the time, 9.2 was barely out, and I couldn't get it to install.  I
suspect the repositories are caught up now, but I'm not sure.
Oh, I should mention that I installed on one machine at home over a
cable modem connection, and one at work over a 1.5MB+ DSL connection. 
In each case, the entire install was completed in less than an hour.

I find that the current is good enough
for all my office needs but 2.0 will be a very welcomed release.  And at
that point, I hope that we will be able (without much pain) to replace
MS Office company wide.

I just got a new laptop
(Toshiba A75[1]) and it took SUSE 9.2 beautifully.  Detected all the
hardware without problems.  The only problems I had are:

* screen resolution -- 1280x800 wasn't detected, but a simple trip to
sax2 allowed me to easily fix this.
* touchpad sensitivity is sporadic (often have to tap hard in order to
use double-click without using the buttons)
* powersaved has problems -- had to disable it to shutdown properly --
haven't had time to troubleshoot

Everything else detected and works great... including wireless [Atheros]
and 3D [ATI] (bzflag is running nicely).  And yast is one of my favorite
parts of SUSE.

This is my second laptop with SUSE.  My first was a Thinkpad R50p
(running SUSE 9.0) which worked great as well.... even the
1600x(something) resolution.

I think I started using SUSE with version 5.1 or 5.2 back in 97 or 98.
 Back then I would have called it by far the most complete dist being
4 or 5 CDs.  For most people with only dial-up it was awesome to have
so many free applications at their fingertips without having to
download things for hours.  After having worked with it for two or
three years before going into a network security possition I wasn't
surprised to learn that most CISSP and other security professionals
preferred it (back in 2000).  I still use it daily but I'm curious
after moving from an entrenched security position if it's still held
as one of the most secure Linux distributions.

...the only trouble I have had with running SUSE was YAST ( before I
learned how it worked), and some ID10T errors. Outside
of that it has been easier to use than the Red Hat

One thing we need to remember is that Linux is a
moving target. What I finally did was pick a distro
and stuck with it until I got bored and looked at
something else.  For my money, I like SUSE. For me it
came down to the packages, and SUSE just seems to have
everything: Security, and Stability ( determined from
looking at red hat, fedora, debian, and suse). Debian
and SUSE were my favorities. The final decision came
down to 64 bit support, which at the time meant SUSE.

That all happened 6 months ago and I am still smiling
about my choice.

I'm 90% sure I'll be a SUSE user in the next year or two.

(based on what Novell has done *and* wishful thinking):

0) They are the only "local" distro - unless you count SCO (according
them *ALL* disros are belong to them and are therefore local :)).

1) They will have a killer Gnome desktop that will no longer play
fiddle to KDE.  I mean come on, they bought Ximian.  Give them a
They don't want to scare the KDE folks and they need time to do it
right.  I'm not saying KDE will get any less attention.  I'm just
Gnome will arrive on SUSE.

2) Miguel and I are buds.

3) ISOs will become more available.  None of this crappy ftp stuff or
waiting periods.  We already see this happening.

4) Mono will be an option at install.  It will be polished and along
with the tools surrounding it, it will be a top notch development

5) Nat and I are buds.

6) In a stab at MS's base they will make not suck.

7) yast will get better and lighter.  This will be a result of having
opened it up to the community.  It will take a while but other distros
will adopt and improve it.

8) They will fork their product to offer a more community based
(Red Hat / FC style) that will speed development and reduce costs. 
will lead to repositories for SUSE packages springing up everywhere -
all the bleeding edge stuff will be an apt-get (tied into yast of
course) away.

9) They will hire me to predict their future.

I must be bored.

I've been using NLD for almost 4 months. It's coming along very nice.
The newest version has been really solid for the week I've been running it. 

If you're interested in reading the whole thread, it can be found here.

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