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SUSE 9.2 vs. 9.3: A 64-Bit Comparison - page 5

Head-to-Head on an AMD 64 Notebook

  • May 19, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

My overall impression of the release is good.

I'd say that if you want a very stable version of Linux on a 64-bit notebook, like my HP 5460, you might want to stick with SUSE 9.2. Video hardware acceleration and Mozilla will both work reliably.

Otherwise, SUSE 9.3 would save you some time, if you want the latest version of OpenOffice.org, The Gimp, and other normal Linux applications. No doubt problems will be fixed.

So, you can make the call. Be sure to read the other reviews on the Web, especially if you aren't running on an AMD 64 notebook or plan on using the 32-bit version.

Everything on the 5460 happens without hesitation and any way you look at it, Linux 64-bit is significantly quicker than Windows XP (32-bit) on the same machine. The fact that there really aren't any major show-stoppers, especially on this hardware, is a tribute to the open source community and SUSE.

64-bit Linux on AMD 64-bit notebooks are a winning combination that you can take advantage of, right now. I'll say it again, the "Linux on the desktop debate" is officially irrelevant.

Rob Reilly is a consultant, writer, and commentator who advises clients on business & technology projects. His Linux, personal branding, and public speaking skills-related articles regularly appear in various high-end Linux and business media outlets. Send him a note or visit his Web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~robreilly.

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