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Novell's OpenSUSE 10.1 is a solid, multipurpose Linux-based operating system that—in addition to being a very good distribution in its own right —offers an early peek at the SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop product that Novell is set to ship this summer.
OpenSUSE 10.1, like all Linux distributions, bundles a broad assortment of open-source applications into an integrated package.
What has always (and still does) set SUSE apart is the measure of management homogeneity that the distribution brings to this diverse set of components—mostly through its Yast system configuration framework.
Overall, eWEEK Labs appreciated the ambitious scope of OpenSUSE 10.1's configuration tools, but we also ran into some areas in which Yast's reach frustratingly exceeded its grasp.