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Novell's OpenSUSE Version 11 is definitely stacked--maybe too much

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Ubuntu 8.04 and Fedora 9 have made great strides in making desktop Linux more user-friendly and technologically advanced. With OpenSUSE 11, Novell Inc. can match them feature for feature.

Novell, Waltham, Mass., has added several features since version 10.3, notably the new Linux kernel 2.6.25, Xen 3.2 virtualization, windowing engine X.Org 7.3, GNOME version 2.22 and both versions 3.5.9 and version 4 of the KDE desktop manager. OpenSUSE 11 also includes a new package management system.

Novell is taking the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach with OpenSUSE 11, bundling all sorts of packages into the Live CD. There's no need to decide the desktop manager before downloading the Live CD—the 4.5-GB DVD includes GNOME, KDE and XFCE desktops. Novell does offer alternate Live CDs that have only GNOME or KDE and fewer packages for those users not willing to sit around waiting for a hefty download. The installer on the complete Live CD prompts to select the desktop manager of choice (or all).

A lot has already been written about the new installer, but it bears repeating: It's slick.

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