Novell on Wednesday announced its Suse Linux 10.0 operating system will be generally available early next month in retail or online stores. The new software emphasizes ease of use and is aimed at both developers and home users.
SUSE Linux 10.0 is created by the openSUSE project, a recently launched community initiative sponsored by Novell that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. A first for Novell, SUSE Linux 10.0 will include code changes and bug fixes initiated with developer input from across the worldwide Linux community. Novell unveiled its openSuse project at the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco last month when the company released the first public beta of Suse Linux 10.0. Suse Linux was previously known as Suse Linux Professional.
In addition to a full featured desktop, SUSE Linux 10.0 includes more than 1,500 open source Linux applications and packages that can be optionally installed for advanced Web hosting, application development and home networking. The retail version comes with installation support and manuals to help users get the most out of Linux at a very low cost. As a result, both home users and developers who want to leverage the power, security and reliability of Linux can tap SUSE Linux 10.0 as a cost-effective choice for their core computing needs.
The full featured desktop delivered in SUSE Linux 10.0 includes the newest version of the popular Firefox Web browser; the latest version of the Windows-compatible OpenOffice.org 2.0 office suite; email and instant messaging clients; graphics creation, editing, and management applications; plus important security tools like spam blockers, anti-virus software and an integrated firewall. Among the numerous new and updated features are the Beagle desktop search engine and Amarok with MP3 support out of the box.
Of special interest to current Windows users, included in SUSE Linux 10.0 are a variety of features that simplify migration. Users have the option of replacing their existing operating system with Linux or installing Linux alongside their existing system so that they can experience Linux in a "trial" setting, without affecting their existing software installations. The retail edition of SUSE Linux 10.0 offers end users the security and convenience of a Linux distribution complete with installable media, printed end-user manuals and 90 days of installation support.
The suggested retail price for Suse Linux 10.0 is $59, Novell said in the release.