Ben (bdinger) wrote in linux,

SuSE 9 instant review

I like it. I like it ALOT. That's the quick summary.

Now on for my long-winded version.

First off, YaST has come a long way, baby. No, seriously, YaST is a great installer. It took some getting used to after being accustomed to Anaconda and the OpenBSD installer for so long, but I have taken a liking to it.

The one thing that threw me is that it defaulted to reiserfs. It's been a long long long time since I've used reiser, so I thought "why not" and gave it a shot. So far, so really good. Disk performance is astounding.

Second, it automounts Windows NTFS partitions. I don't know how many times I struggled with Redhat to get it to mount a Windows partition. SuSE does it without me having to spend (waste) time on it. It's infinitely valuable to me, since on both my home and work desktop I primarily use OpenOffice. You don't know how much time this has saved me.

Oh, and having my mp3's right ther is nice too ;)

I also love it for more geeky reasons. First off, THANK YOU SUSE FOR INCLUDING WTERM. I haven't been able to get it to compile with redhat since RH 6.2. I had been using rxvt, but this is like having an old friend back. Speaking of wmaker, they not only include it, but lots of themes and dockapps. I was giggling with glee.

Performance is also wonderful. The included version of Apache Tomcat runs multithreaded, and is a great performer. The included libs are great.

And YOU, it's a great little app. Took a couple seconds to get used to, but I like it mucho.

Only downside for me is that mplayer 1.0 won't compile no matter how much I hack it, so I am forced to use .92. No biggie.

Anyway.. if you want a powerful distro to use out of the box - go with SuSE 9.

That is all, have a great evening.
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