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SuSE Linux Demonstrates Old PCs Still Have Use - page 7

From The Out Of His Mind Department

  • May 12, 2003
  • By Rob Reilly

SuSE 8.2 Linux Professional was easy to install and provided capable business and home computing functions at a reasonable price. New users should have little trouble doing the installation, if they have basic knowledge of Intel based computer hardware. Some of the newest additions to this release, such as Evolution and some of the multimedia programs were not reviewed because I didn't have an Exchange server to test against and could only cover so much in a feature article.

Trying out the latest SuSE package on a rusty old computer might be crazy, but you can't argue with the fact that the machine performed pretty well and would be quite usable as a regular business workhorse or home internet/word-processing box. Most readers probably have a few of these machines, just gathering dust, that could be put to use right now.

I'm happy enough with 8.2 that I'm going to put it on all of the machines in my lab, including my laptop.

Rob Reilly (aka: "Dr. Torque") is a professional writer and senior technology consultant, whose work includes Linux, business systems integration, innovation training and occasional hot rodding excursions. He frequently writes and speaks about these and other topics. He has 17 years experience in the high technology, manufacturing and the utilities industries. He is always on the lookout for stories and projects that focus on Linux, business and the cutting edge. Send him a note or visit his web site at http://home.cfl.rr.com/rreilly.

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