Linked by Adam S on Thu 19th Jun 2008 14:47 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
SuSE, openSUSE A new major release of Novell's community-supported distro openSUSE 11 is now available and can be downloaded from the mirrors. Linux Format has a hands-on look at the new installer, SLAB menu and Compiz Fusion, and weighs up whether the distro can fight competition from Ubuntu and Fedora. Is this the start of a new era for SUSE?
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RE: Why so big?
by BrianMasinick on Thu 19th Jun 2008 20:02 UTC in reply to "Why so big??"
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openSUSE actually has a number of ISO images available for various purposes. There are KDE and GNOME Live CD ISO images, which are about 1 CD in size, and they are available for multiple hardware platforms, then they have the big DVD. But they also have a nice 70 MB network installable ISO image, which I am using right now to upgrade an old openSUSE 10.2 image. The upgrade results in about 2 GB of changes since my previous installation was around that size.

What I am eager to find out is how much the system is improved in package management and overall responsiveness. openSUSE 10.2 was a nice desktop system, but it really croaked on my old Dell Dimension 4100 desktop system. I want to see how much better the new version can do. If it does well, I also intend to install it on a much newer and faster Lenovo 3000 model Y410 laptop with 2 GB of memory and Duo Core processors. While I know the newer laptop will run better, I have other systems that run great on that laptop. Based on how well openSUSE 11.0 does on the Dell, I may give it more "air time" elsewhere and see what it can do. I am guardedly optimistic about the possibilities.

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