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From: Michael Richardson
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Subject: RE: [hangout] What Is New in SUSE LINUX 9.1 ?
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Inker, Evan [mailto:EInker-at-gam.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 11:28 AM
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> Subject: [hangout] What Is New in SUSE LINUX 9.1 ?
> ** Bottom Line for users: Suse Professional 9.1 price increase of $10.
> Suse Personal 9.1 price decrease of $10. Also note that
> Suse has added Additional software (Rekall, Textmaker, Planmaker, and
> MoneyPlex) which seems a bit strange with the exception of Rekall which
> fills a need to those looking for a GUI for MySQL or PostgreSQL.
> What Is New in SUSE LINUX 9.1 ?
> The new SUSE LINUX 9.1 features an enhanced product concept and many
> innovative technologies. Chris Schlaeger, Vice President Research &
> Development at SUSE LINUX, explains the most important new features in
> What do you consider the three most important technical improvements in
> LINUX 9.1?
> Linux kernel 2.6, KDE 3.2.1, and GNOME 2.4.2. Once more, we are the
> ones to make these milestones - kernel 2.6 and KDE 3.2 - available for a
> wide audience on CD and DVD.
> What are the benefits of Linux kernel 2.6 for home users?
> Simply stated, all audio and video applications run more smoothly, and
> reading and writing of CDs and DVDs is faster. The increased system
> performance also enables substantially improved streaming of video and
> data. Thanks to the DMA mode, burning CDs and DVDs in Linux has become
> faster. Additionally, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA),
> which is
> spearheaded by SUSE, is now an integral component of kernel 2.6,
> audio and MIDI functions in Linux. ACPI (Advanced Configuration and
> Interface) ensures efficient power management, for example by extending
> battery operation time of laptops. For Linux veterans, the time has come
> part with a Linux peculiarity many have become fond of: the mounting and
> unmounting of removable media. CDs and DVDs can now be ejected with a
> click without having to unmount them manually.
> KDE 3.2 has been keenly anticipated. What are the new features?
> First, we would like to thank the KDE team for its excellent job: about
> 10,000 improvements have been integrated since the first version of KDE
> SUSE LINUX 9.1 comes with KDE version 3.2.1, which boasts an impressive
> performance and a high stability of the individual applications. For
> example, the rendering engine of the browser and file manager Konqueror
> been optimized in collaboration with the developers of the Apple browser
> Safari. One of the most conspicuous new features is the personal
> manager Kontact, which provides a uniform interface for e-mail,
> address book, and notes. Another new feature is the integrated
> for web forms and e-mail messages. The functionality of the file manager
> web browser Konqueror has been expanded. With Konqueror, you can import
> Internet Explorer bookmarks, speedily browse through image directories,
> network folders, and services, rip audio CDs, and read the contents of
> digital cameras and USB sticks. Kwallet serves as a central storage for
> passwords and access information. The music manager JuK enables the
> and intuitive management of large music archives.
> What are the new features of GNOME 2.4?
> Version 2.4.2 of the desktop environment GNOME features eleven new
> applications and support of accessability aids for handicapped users,
> as a screen reader with voice or Braille display output and the dynamic
> on-screen keyboard GOK. Since GNOME 2.2, the GNOME file manager Nautilus
> been expanded by several important functions, and the stability and
> have been increased significantly. The user interface and stability of
> web browser Epiphany have also been revised. gcalctool is a completely
> GNOME calculator that offers a much wider functionality than its
> predecessor. The GNOME panel has been revised and its usability and
> flexibility have been improved.
> What does version 9.1 offer in terms of new multimedia features?
> Once again, SUSE LINUX 9.1 delivers the most comprehensive collection of
> free audio software. The synthesizer AlsaModularSynth has been expanded
> considerably and now supports polyphonic structures. Another highlight
> the demo version of the professional video editing application MainActor
> with DV I/O, MPEG I/O, and audio editing.
> What are the most important new features for Linux experts?
> Apart from kernel 2.6, Samba 3 is one of the most important new assets.
> Samba 3 enables operations such as the integration of Linux clients in
> Windows domains. Thanks to the "Active Directory" access and the
> to configure virtual servers, Samba 3 greatly facilitates the
> of hardware.
> Ambitious PC users will enjoy Quanta Plus, an HTML editor with WYSIWYG
> you see is what you get) functionality. Developers will appreciate
> 3.0 with C, C++, and Java support, customizable layout, freely
> editor, separate class overview for C++, automatic code completion,
> check, and integrated debuggers.
> Windows and Linux on one machine - is this possible with SUSE LINUX?
> Of course. Due to the current virus surge, Linux is highly recommended
> e-mail and Internet operations. Since the last version, SUSE LINUX has
> supporting the NTFS file system used by Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP.
> users of all Windows versions who have never used Linux before can
> SUSE LINUX alongside Windows on their computers and migrate step by step
> without taking any risks. For those who want to do their office work in
> Linux, the enclosed OpenOffice.org 1.1 now offers even more
> and comfort, such as the new macro recorder, the export of PDF files,
> import and export of all kinds of XML formats, and the export of
> presentations in flash format. OpenOffice.org is now fully integrated in
> 3.2.1. Therefore, the icons and the look correspond to the KDE theme.
> The professional press praises SUSE LINUX for its excellent
> What is new in the manuals for version 9.1?
> The instructions for the installation and configuration with YaST as
> well as
> the chapters on GIMP and KDE have been revised. The documentation for
> instant messenger Kopete and the configuration of SPAMAssassin in KMail
> new. The Administration Guide now covers Bluetooth, Apache 2, Samba 3,
> printing with CUPS. The description of the powersave package and the
> Power Management module as well as the extensive documentation of font
> handling in SUSE LINUX are also new.
> SUSE has modified the prices. The Professional edition has gone up 10
> the Personal edition has gone down 20 Euros. What is the reason for
> In order to convince even more people of the advantages of using Linux,
> version 9.1 makes the migration easier than ever. The policy is to make
> "lean and inexpensive". The condensed software range now offers the best
> the Internet, e-mail, office, graphics, sound, and video on a single CD.
> new live CD enables Linux newcomers without any previous experience to
> to know SUSE LINUX without having to install it. The highly competitive
> price of EUR 29.95 for SUSE LINUX Personal is extremely attractive for
> who would like to get a taste of this system without putting an undue
> on their personal pockets.
> On the other hand, we have greatly expanded the software range of SUSE
> Professional: SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional provides ambitious home users
> developers with state-of-the-art Linux technology for standard 32-bit PC
> processors as well as for AMD Athlon64 and Intel Extended Memory 64
> Technology in one box. The product includes more than 2,500 software
> packages on 5 CDs and 2 double-sided DVDs, together with more than 1,000
> pages of topical documentation. Moreover, SUSE LINUX Professional can be
> deployed on an unlimited number of machines - all of this for only EUR
> SUSE LINUX 9.1 will be available at https://suse.asknet.de and from
> bookstores and software suppliers on May 6.
> SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional - New and Better
> The stable and secure core system of SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional
> features a
> number of improvements. For example, the new kernel 2.6 and the new KDE
> provide quicker access to data. In addition to the SUSE LINUX 9.1
> Professional version for standard x86 PCs, a fully ported 64-bit version
> available for the new AMD64(r) and the new Intel(r) Extended Memory 64
> Technology. Both versions are shipped in one box.
> Scope of SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional:
> New: Kernel 2.6
> New: KDE 3.2
> GNOME 2.4
> Samba 3.0
> Many new applications
> Includes fully ported 64-bit version for AMD64(r) and Intel(r) Extended
> Memory 64 Technology
> Pre-order SUSE LINUX 9.1 Professional now!
> SUSE LINUX 9.1 will be available from beginning of May.
> Apart from the well-known MS Office-compatible office suite
> (free version of SUN StarOffice 7) SUSE LINUX Professional 9.1 delivers
> applications for the Internet, home networks, graphics and multimedia, a
> personal information manager, home banking software, and the latest
> of programming tools and development environments for technicians and
> developers. For the first time, the box contains a database application
> graphical menus.
> Important new features and benefits:
> Kernel 2.6
> State-of-the-art operating system technology - provides improved
> performance, scalability, and memory management for many processes.
> of CDs and DVDs and reading of audio CDs is greatly accelerated by new
> modes for these tasks. Manual mounting is no longer necessary, as this
> done automatically by submount.
> KDE 3.2
> The new, greatly improved version of the popular graphical desktop
> environment KDE. KDE starts up faster than previously, automatically
> inserted media (CD, DVD), and boasts many new features and applications:
> New personal information manager for KDE, similar to MS Outlook.
> mail, organizer, address book, and note pad. The e-mail program KMail is
> able to import mail folders from Outlook Express on the Windows
> Moreover, the address book is capable of importing address books from MS
> New KDE music manager for the quick and smart management of extensive
> "Password safe" - used by many applications - securely manages your
> Version 0.8 of the instant messenger, "understands" MSN, AIM, ICQ, IRC,
> Yahoo Messenger, Jabber. Communicate with all your "old" acquaintances
> the respective services with Kopete.
> Version 3.0 of the well-known development environment. With support for
> than 15 programming languages, customizable layout, freely selectable
> component and separate class overview for C++, automatic code
> syntax check during the input, and integrated debuggers.
> UML modeler, tool for drawing diagrams for object-oriented software
> development. Import of C++, export to various languages.
> New version of the KDE file manager and web browser. Enables import of
> Internet Explorer bookmarks, comfortable browsing through image
> network folders, and network services, ripping audio CDs, and viewing
> content of digital cameras.
> Quanta Plus
> The HTML editor now features a wysiwyg editor component.
> Now available for e-mail (in KMail) and web forms (in Konqueror).
> Universelle Sidebar
> Navigation sidebar for the hierarchical display of folder structures.
> now be displayed on the desktop without the Konqueror file manager.
> GNOME 2.4
> New version of the alternative desktop environment GNOME with improved
> usability and new accessibility options for handicapped users, such as a
> screen reader with voice output or braille display output.
> Samba 3
> Optimum setup of heterogeneous home networks with Linux and Windows
> Enables the integration of Linux hosts in Windows domains and the
> to an active directory and single sign-on. Deleted client files can now
> cached on the server side. The implementation of trust settings is
> Hardware testing and consolidation is much easier due to the possibility
> configuring virtual Samba servers.
> YaST 2
> The help function of YaST has been improved and the usability of many
> individual modules has been revised. A new module for ACPI enables the
> graphical configuration of individual ACPI power management settings.
> New Software/Additional Software
> Graphical database application, comparable to MS Access.
> Textmaker and Planmaker
> Free versions of the highly Word and Excel-compatible text processing
> spreadsheet applications from Softmaker, exclusively in SUSE LINUX 9.1.
> New version of the home banking software from Matrica (SUSE edition),
> exclusively in SUSE LINUX.
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