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.
Many of the ‘advanced’ applications included are meant for Offices and Servers, so I will not get too in-depth about any of them, and some of them I have not even run myself.
Xen is a Virtual Machine Monitor, that allows you to use more than one Linux OS at a time. This is one application I personally have no use for, but in a business environment, I can see how useful it could be. Check out the official screenshots to see cool examples. Four Linux distros running at one time!
Since VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is becoming so popular, they have included LinPhone. This I was also unable to test out, because my headset is a Logitech USB and SuSE detects it as a mouse, and not a headset. LinPhone gives you the capability to call anyone on the phone, using your internet connection. If I manage to get my headset working properly, I would love to give it a try.
They really upped the Mobility features in 9.3 as well.. adding Bluetooth and improved WiFi support. Sadly, once again I was unable to test out either new feature. My laptop doesn’t have BlueTooth, and I don’t have any wireless networks to connect to.
A slew of Security features have been added as well, including a built-in Firewall. My only gripe with the Firewall, was the in-ability to connect to my home network with it on. Once the Firewall was turned off, I could connect to it fine. Apparently I was not the only one with this problem, and TweakHound has written a guide on how to get around it.
Also included are new versions of AntiVir, the free Linux Anti-Virus app, and SpamAssassin, a good Spam Detection application.