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Last Review by mrmeetze - posted: 12-10-2006 09:09 AM
I actually installed openSUSE 10.2 and was really excited about installing it. I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet.
*Animated installation thing with the penguins moving around.
*Plenty of installation options and software (KDE and Gnome)
*Cool Xgl interface with Mac-like interface
*Lots of software
*Can install from .rpm
*Plenty of language options
*Comes with server installed (I think)
*Too many CDs. Five in all, and you only need the first three for installation.
*S-L-O-W installation of software
*Wrestled to get mp3 support (won't even attempt to mess with DVDs)
*Yast has been the most difficult update/install utility I have ever messed with. I'd rather use terminal yum.
*Remember I said somewhat customizable. Its kinda limited, or just plain difficult to customize.
Overall its an okay operating system, but I don't recommend it at all for beginners to Linux. For people starting out with Linux I'll continue to point them to Ubuntu or Kubuntu. Maybe if other software management tools could learn from Synaptic Package Management or Adept, that would be nice. Who knows though? Maybe its just me (and that's more than likely).
Product Details: "10.1 Final GM" by xtknight - posted: 05-13-2006 - Rating: 6.04
Last Review by mrmeetze - posted: 05-31-2006 12:43 PM
When I first got started with Linux about a year ago, my first OS I double booted with was Red Hat Fedora Linux. I have not had much time to play with other distros, so to some people this review may be bias.
First off, if you download Fedora I really recommend getting a DVD iso. Don't do the 5 CD download because:
1) Many CD's to pop in and out
2) I've had so many problems trying to install with multiple CDs. When I did a DVD I had no problem. Maybe its just me?
Fedora is great for people new to Linux, who just want to get their feet wet with the new world of free software. It includes both KDE and Gnome desktops. Another thing I really enjoyed about Fedora is it include PLENTY of software such as Open Office, PHP, MySQL, Apache, Developer tools, GIMP, etc. And again this is for people new to Linux, the Fedora system comes with YUM and RPMS. RPMS are very similar to the typical "setup.exe" you would find in Windows. Yum (Yellowdog Update Manager) is another easy way to install software and upgrade the system if needed.
Now for the things I really didn't like. Like I said I haven't had time to explore other operating systems, since I'm still in school and constantly staying busy. Fedora 5 took a very long time to install. When I popped it in my HP Laptop (ze4400) and it gave me the option to upgrade I was like, "Wow I don't have to download the update DVD iso!" So I updated from 4 to 5. Little did I know it would take almost an hour and 30 minutes. So while it was installing I watched "Meet the Fockers". After the movie ended, it was still installing.
Now this is in the past, but as I mentioned above I used to download the 4 iso images and have 4 CDs to juggle around with. When I was installing Core 4 on my laptop it kept giving me error after error, and I about gave up. I've noticed this on many computers, there it is really picky about its installation. For example, on my laptop I had to enter the GUI with some kind of ending on the command for monitors. Then it installed fine. No problems. Maybe its me!
Overall, I highly recommend Red Hat Fedora to anyone who is looking at getting their feet wet with Linux and the Open Source world. Just be sure to download or purchase a DVD iso instead of multiple CDs.