SuSE Linux will begin shipping the newest version of its operating system (OS) software designed for home users, SuSE Linux 9.0, on October 24.
The Personal package will retail for $US57. It includes 3 CDs, a user guide and 60 days of installation support, SuSE said.
The Professional package is priced at $US105. It comprises 5 CDs, a double DVD, a user guide, an administration guide and 90 days of installation support.
The release is available in two versions: one for 32-bit operating systems; and another for AMD’s recently released Athlon 64-bit processor. The Professional package for the Athlon processor costs $US140.
In addition, the new version offers an easy migration of Microsoft’s Windows OS by supporting Windows NT file system (NTFS).
Support of this file system enabled users to repartition their hard-disk space more easily, allowing them to run Linux and, at the same time, have access to the Windows client if and when necessary, SuSE said.
Version 9.0 is based on the SuSE-optimised Linux kernel 2.4.21.
With the optimised kernel, users would be able to benefit from several enhancements in the 2.6 kernel, including improved scheduling, advanced sound architecture and greater support for power management, SuSE said.
For technically skilled users, version 9.0 also contains a test version of the 2.6 kernel.
Included with SuSE Linux 9.0 are the latest versions of the KDE 3.1.4 graphical interface and the OpenOffice.org 1.1 suite of office applications. New features of OpenOffice.org 1.1 include the ability to export PDF with a mouse click, import and export many kinds of XML formats and export presentations in flash format.
In addition, the KDE-based instant messenger application, called Kopete, supports all common services, such as Microsoft’s MSN and American Online’s AOL Instant Messenger (AOL), according to SuSE.