SuSE Linux aims to bridge the gap between 34- and 64-bit with its SuSE Linux 9.0 desktop operating system.
"We think the world of 64-bit applications will become standard more rapidly than most people are expecting. That's why we are providing an operating system for the AMD processor at the same time as its introduction," said Juergen Geck, SuSE's chief technology officer.
While Version 9.0 is based on the 2.4.21 version of the Linux kernel, it permits users to take advantage of some of the features that will appear in Version 2.6, including improved scheduling and power management and advanced Linux sound architectures.
SuSE is including the most recent versions of K Desktop Environment (KDE) graphical environments and OpenOffice.org, along with the KDE instant messenger, which now supports AOL, MSN and Yahoo Messenger. One of the new features in OpenOffice is the ability to export Portable Document Files files with a single mouse click, a spokesman said.
Also new to Version 9.0, developers have the option to install as many as 50 Linux-based tools including the editor "emacs," the email programs "mutt" and "pine," the alternative graphical interfaces WindowMaker and Blackbox, a company spokesman said.
Hoping to enhance its appeal to Windows users, one of the advantages of the NIFS file system, when used with Windows, is the ability to quickly partition a hard drive. This affords users the chance to take advantage of the security features of Linux, according to a company spokesman, while at the same time being able to access Windows client systems.
Version 9.0 also includes a new feature called SuSE System Doctor, a rescue system for restoring the system after an unintentional destruction of any system-critical files. As in previous versions of the product, Version 9.0 includes the company's Yet Another Setup Tool (YaST) system assistant, and Samba 2.2.8a aiding less experienced users and programmers to network together Linux and Windows.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld