by Rob Williams on May 30, 2005 in Linux
Novell released an update to their SuSE OS late last month. The update included numerous system updates and new versions of all the included software. We’re going to take a look at SuSE Professional 9.3, to see if it’s worthy of a purchase or upgrade.
The Gimp 2.2 is pre-installed as well. For those unaware, The Gimp is the worlds most popular open source graphic editing program, which is great for people who want to use Photoshop, but can’t afford the $700 price tag. It’s definitely not a watered-down Photoshop though, as it includes most of everything you need.
The Gimp is definitely one of Open Sources coolest showings. Gimp is such a good Photoshop replacement, that even our very own Jen McPherson uses it as her primary image editor, and has for years. For examples of what the gimp can do, you can check out her deviantArt gallery.
Also included are updated versions of image viewers, including F-Spot, digikam and Gwenview. They also tout the Beagle application, which is basically a Desktop search engine, (think Google Desktop), but I was unable to get it to work. I was prompted to start the Beagle daemon in order for it to work, but clicking the option did nothing! The picture below is a stock photo of the program.
Those are the largest programs in the new version that are great for beginners. Let’s take a look at some of the advanced programs also included.