Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Aug 2006 11:24 UTC, submitted by anyweb
SuSE, openSUSE Linux-Noob has reviewed SLED 10. "Novell's strengths are many, and I'm delighted to see the excellent work they have done in usability tests, and making the whole desktop feel like it's ready, ready to do business, and ready to serve its users. The development they've done with Beagle and in particular the 'computer menu' are fantastic and hopefully are just the start of better things to come."
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RE[4]: Great distro
by sbergman27 on Fri 25th Aug 2006 22:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Great distro"
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Many people do not realize that Novell/Suse Linux is not just one distro, but a family of distros. Like with the BSD's, each must be evaluated individually.

Quag7 may be interested in "MySuse". Its association with Novell is only semi-official. But it has some unique advantages.

They've added an extension to Yast2 to allow sheduled download and compilation of source packages in the background, blurring the distinction between binary distros and source-based ones.

You can, of course, install almost anything from any Suse compatible binary repo. But that is mostly for convenience.

By default, it downloads packages which are security updates, as Suse source deltas, and compiles/installs them on a predetermined schedule. However, it can also be set to download and compile/install non-security related updates. The more daring can expand the repo list to include OpenSuse's beta or raw development repos. With the latter, you have freshly compiled packages from the cutting edge of Suse development waiting for you each morning.

Of course, you can go the other way as well, since choice is always good.

You can set it to simply download security updates and compile, but not install them.

Or you can set it to download and recompile the current source for package versions that you are already using, so that you have freshly recompiled packages each morning.

A recent optimization allows the savings of substantial bandwidth by caching the source packages on the local machine and recompiling them from the cache.

The next release will tie into the Beagle scheduler, and allow compilation to occur at any time, based upon user activity. Between that and source caching, even users of machines with comparatively limited resources and internet bandwidth can enjoy the benefits of freshly compiled packages, making MySuse a good candidate for projects like OLPC.

I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this distro.

Edited 2006-08-25 22:33

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