Linux users seeking higher performance from their open-source operating system may be interested in two products from Novell, which acquired German supplier SuSE Linux in November.
SuSE Linux 9.1 Personal and SuSE Linux 9.1 Professional, are based on the 2.6 kernel and include the latest GNU Object Model Environment (Gnome) 2.4.2 and K Desktop Environment (KDE) 3.2.1 desktop interfaces.
The professional version, which targets Linux users requiring network or server functionality, runs on 32-bit processors as well as the Athlon 64-bit processors from Advanced Micro Devices and Intel's extended memory 64-bit technology.
The product will be available in German on 23 April 23 and in English on 6 May at http://store.suse.com and from bookstores and software suppliers. For $89.96, customers receive five CDs and two double-sided DVDs (one for 32-bit processors, the other for 64-bit processors), containing more than 2,500 open-source packages.
The personal version, available on the same dates, will retail at $29.95. The product, targeting desktop users exclusively, comes with two CDs.
The new 2.6 Linux kernel allows users to achieve higher performance with the same hardware. It enables, for instance, high-quality music and video while other applications are started and run simultaneously.
In addition, kernel 2.6 provides an improved ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface), enabling more efficient power management and extending battery operation time for laptops.
The Gnome desktop offers several new features, such as a universal instant messaging client and simplified printing configuration, as well a video conferencing system.
The KDE version 3.2.1 features more than 10,000 improvements, including a new personal information manager, and a uniform interface for e-mail, calendar, address book and notes applications.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service