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Novell takes over: SUSE Linux 9.1 in VirtualBox

Posted 01-20-2020 at 09:20 PM by wagscat123
Updated 01-25-2020 at 03:21 PM by wagscat123

SUSE Linux 9.1 was released on April 23, 2004. This is the first release after Novell purchased SUSE. Novell was in early pioneer in local area networks for computers and had lost significant ground in its traditional products to Microsoft by the early 2000s. Attempting to refocus its portfolio, Novell purchased Ximian, a company that developed a customized GNOME experience, and SUSE around the same time. Ximian's and Novell's focus on the desktop characterize the next few years of development. SUSE would not again be an independent company until 2019.

SUSE Linux 9.1 was the basis for Novell Linux Desktop 9, an enterprise desktop meant to compete head to head with the Windows desktop in office settings. Novell Linux Desktop 9 unfortunately doesn't appear to be archived anywhere on the web, and was renamed SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop by version 10 in 2006.

By SUSE Linux 9.1, the SuSE Linux Tour appears reduced to just a welcome screen. KDE saw a minor version bump, and GNOME sees the adoption of Novell's/Ximian's industrial theme. The most visible difference is the new SUSE logo, which to its credit was an improvement over its predecessor.

The Linux kernel in its younger years saw major upgrades and feature releases from time to time, and the transition from the 2.4.x to the 2.6.x kernel marks the last major kernel version jump in the distribution's history. This is also the first release in which I found Firefox, albeit in pre-release stage.

When setting up this version of SUSE Linux, in VirtualBox's new Virtual Machine wizard I selected "openSUSE (32-bit)" as the operating system. Note however that the hard disk will be SATA by default. You will have to go into the machine's settings and change the hard disk controller from SATA to IDE in order for SUSE Linux to recognize the hard disk. I also suggest going into the Input menu and unselect "Mouse Integration".

Back one, SUSE Linux 9.0:
Next up, SUSE Linux 9.2:
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