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Linux® Bible, 2008 Edition: Boot Up to Ubuntu®, Fedora®, KNOPPIX, Debian®, openSUSE®, and 11 Other Distributions by Christopher Negus

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Chapter 10. Running SUSE and openSUSE Linux

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding SUSE

  • What's in SUSE

  • Getting support for SUSE

  • Installing openSUSE

For the past few years, SUSE has been the most popular Linux distribution in Europe. Since the U.S. networking company Novell, Inc. purchased SUSE in November 2003, SUSE has been positioning itself to challenge Red Hat to become the dominant Linux distribution for large enterprise computing environments worldwide.

Like Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE is an excellent first Linux for people who prefer to work from a graphical desktop rather than from the command line. Likewise, Novell's Linux product line is geared toward enterprise computing, so the skills you gain using SUSE on your home Linux system will be useful in a business environment as well.

SUSE has a slick graphical installer that leads you through installation and intuitive administrative tools, consolidated under a facility called YaST. SUSE and its parent company, Novell, offer a range of Linux products and support plans that scale from free versions of openSUSE with community support, to supported SUSE distributions for the home and enterprise desktop (SUSE and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop), all the way up to SUSE's Linux Enterprise Server product.

In 2005, Novell refocused its development efforts to do as Red Hat does with its Red Hat Enterprise Linux product and Fedora project: Novell formed the openSUSE project, which, like the Fedora project, produces a free community-driven ...

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