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Test SUSE LINUX 9.0 Without Installing It

Test SUSE LINUX 9.0 Without Installing It

The week's most useful address is arguably ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/live-eval-9.0 - this is how you can download it to a CD and start SUSE LINUX from there without changing the partioning of your hard disk before using it.

Novell's hope is that allowing people to see the new functionalities and the look-and-feel of SUSE LINUX before installing it will help drive adoption.

At the address above you can find the ISO of the so-called SUSE "Live Filesystem. Once written on a CD, says a note on the SUSE site, "It allows you to start SUSE LINUX from the CD, nevertheless with certain speed limitations."

Hopefully a LinuxWorld reader will post a review over the weekend.

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Rob 03/23/04 06:59:22 PM EST

I would give this thing a low grade, if I had to grade it. I think it's target group is for people that don't know if they should switch from Windows to Linux, so they won't know many, if any, commands for the terminal, and with what I experienced, they would need to do some terminal editing, or know shortcuts, either of which they wouldn't know if they were migrating from Windows. It loaded my video, sound, and keyboard properly, but it wouldn't get my USB mouse to work. Knoppix did automatically, so if someone was trying to figure out whether to use Linux or not, I would suggest Knoppix over SuSE's live eval. Plus, it takes a long time to load and boot, and it doesn't do so automatically. Maybe it works better for PS/2 mice, but for USB, it doesn't work well to start out with, and each time you would boot it, you'd have to keep making the same changes. I can't say how it works for USB keyboards, but if it's like the mice, you're screwed.