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SuSE Previews 2.6 Features & AMD64 Support in Retail Code

SuSE Previews 2.6 Features & AMD64 Support in Retail Code

SuSE has back-ported some of the more stable features that will be found in the upcoming 2.6 Linux kernel, not due to be officially released now until spring, it said, into the otherwise 2.4.21-based SuSE Linux 9.0 retail code that will appear online and at retail shops on October 24. The move includes both its $40 Personal Edition and its $80 Professional cut. SuSE also hails the stuff as the "first home user" operating system to support AMD's newly unveiled Athlon 64 desktop hybrid 32/64-bit chip. Of course it remains to be seen whether there are going to be many of those or exactly what 64-bit programs they're going to run. However, SuSE says 9.0 will support the chip under both species. The company had its CTO Juergen Geck observe that "We believe that 64-bit applications will rapidly become the standard, and that's why we're providing an operating system for the AMD Athlon 64 processor at this time of its introduction. The Athlon 64 code, SuSE Linux 9.0 Professional for AMD64, will cost $120. SuSE says 9.0 benefits from "most" 2.6 kernel enhancements including improved scheduling, advanced Linux sound architecture and greater support for power management. The stuff is supposed to meet the needs of professional DJs and musicians. For test purposes and technically skilled power users, 9.0 will also include a test version of the 2.6 kernel. There's enhanced support for the NTFS, which Microsoft also supports, SuSE says, making it easier to repartition a hard disk so users can install Linux while maintaining access to the Windows client. The widgetry, which includes KDE 3.1.4 and OpenOffice 1.1, auto-detects DSL connections, ISDN cards and modems although its WinModem support is reportedly kinda dicey. SuSE says the KDE instant messenger Kopete supports AOL, MSN, IRC, ICQ and Yahoo Messenger. It also says the k3b GUI makes DVD and CD burning easier and User Mode Linux (UML) makes possible the hosting of one or more complete Linux instances simultaneously. Documentation has been expanded. Just to be clear 9.0 is not the stuff Sun will be using in the Java Desktop.

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