SuSE software has always impressed me by the attention to detail they employ in generating their best-in-class Linux OS. The installation routine is simple and straightforward, the progress bar (lie meter) is generally accurate, and the finished install is relatively painless to configure. This release is no different in those aspects and more improvements have made their way into the finished product as well.
I was prepared for this review of SuSE 8.0 Professional to be a no-brainer. I had last used SuSE at version 6.4 before switching to Mandrake. I was basically happy with it then, and figured it had only improved since then. What I've seen after using SuSE's latest and greatest for the past two weeks has surprised me, and not all in a good way. This review will look at SuSE as a desktop system.
My first version of the GNU/Linux operating system came to me via a shareware disk that I purchased from a friend of mine. That GNU/Linux version was numbered in the 0.9x series and I tired quite easily in my attempt to get the system up and running. It wasn't until I purchased a manual on Slackware Linux a couple of years later that I was able to get the system working properly and I haven't looked back since.