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OpenSuSE 11.2: The first look

opensuse-logo_sm-300x193After OpenSuSE 11.2 is out, i have download the distro to try it out. Unfortunately there is a problem to install at that time due to the MD5 checksum failed during installation. I have made MD5 checksum on the iso, i found that the MD5 is not same. Perhaps the DVD corrupted during download.

Once again I download the OpenSuSE, this time using office connection. Once finished, I continue to make MD5 checksum and found no problems.

Back to OpenSuSE, the installation is not so difficult. More or less with the installation of the other distro, if compared with Ubuntu, OpenSuSE have more installation steps.

Matters involved during installation is like choosing partition. Usually I will create only 3 partitions “/boot”, “swap”, and “/”. Since I started to install Linux, /boot partition is a must because I rarely install the bootloader in the MBR.

OpenSuSE is slightly different from Ubuntu, not just directory tree but also  configuration have a little difference. As we all know, Ubuntu is based on Debian, OpenSuSE however still doesn’t have much changed from the earlier version of Suse. Suse is not something foreign to me because I use it since version 6.0.

Something that still does not change from the first SuSE is the utility called Yast. It like control panel in Windows. In this version, the developer update Yast with the introduction of WebYast. WebYast used for system configuration  remotely through a browser.

During installation, there are options to install other software in the DVD, we just have to choose, we can install programming software , server software, software such as XEN Virtualization and others. In short, without the Internet, we still can continue to install the necessary software for desktop or server.

In conclusion, OpenSuSE is a Linux distribution that need to be tried by Linux enthusiasts, especially for IT students. Do not be bound by single  distribution only because in working reality, we may maintain system using Centos, Redhat, FreeBSD and others.

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