Novell today released openSUSE 10.2, claiming that the latest version of its operating system is the most usable Linux distribution ever produced.
"The openSUSE project promotes the use of Linux everywhere, and openSUSE 10.2 is the world's most usable Linux distribution," said Carlos Montero-Luque, vice president of product management for open platform solutions at Novell.
He added that the platform would appeal to all Linux users, including newbies, Linux coders and even application developers.
OpenSUSE 10.2 features more than 1,500 software packages including redesigned KDE and Gnome interfaces and Wink tutorial creation software.
It also ships with the OpenOffice.org office suite, the latest Firefox 2.0 web browser, Beagle desktop search, Gaim instant messaging client, multimedia tools and graphical software.
The OpenOffice.org application allows interoperation with Microsoft Windows and Office, as it reads and creates files compatible with Office, including via a Visual Basic macro interpreter.
Users can also use PDF, RealMedia and Flash files in openSUSE and employ the automatic Linux-Windows dual-boot configuration for flexibility.
OpenSUSE 10.2 is available now for free download at Opensuse.org. The retail edition will be available at Shopnovell.com later this week, as well as in retail shops.
It delivers the same packages as the downloadable version on an installable DVD and CDs, along with a user manual and 90 days of installation support for a suggested US$59.95 price tag.
OpenSUSE 10.2 is 'most usable Linux ever'
By Robert Jaques on Dec 12, 2006 9:46AM