German Linux distributor SuSE GmbH has released SuSE Linux 6.1, based on the updated Linux kernel approved by the operating system's creator, Linus Torvalds, in January.
SuSE Linux 6.1incorporates major improvements made to the open-source operating system with its new kernel release, Linux 2.2, according to a statement from Germany-based SuSE.
It also includes a number of new features for those who are "experiment-happy", according to SuSE spokesman Christian Egle. "These are features which users are demanding, but not all are quite market-ready," Egle said. The features are still in a beta phase, he said.
Some changes in the new release reflect the improvements in Linux 2.2, such as symmetric multiprocessing - the operating system's ability to handle more than one processor at a time. SuSE Linux 6.1 also supports Microsoft's Windows NT NTFS file system, which makes it easier to integrate Linux-based workstations into heterogeneous networks which use Windows NT, Egle said.
A feature called advanced router options also gives Linux more flexibility for use in computer networks. The new release also includes support for infra-red interfaces.
Under the experimental category come features such as "Video for Linux", which makes it possible to work with both audio and video data files. Other features include new drivers for radio cards, a framegrabber, video and TV cards, as well as support for games platforms such as PlayStation and Nintendo.
Audio and video files
Also in the experimental category are the MP3-Player Xaudio, a tool set with graphical interface and file manager, which enables users to download MP1 and MP2 files over the Internet, and the MpegTV Player, which allows users to play audio and video files from the Internet or from a video CD.
The new release also comes bundled with a host of free Linux-based applications software. That includes KDE 1.1, which Egle describes as one of the most popular open-source graphical user interfaces and applications software packages, as well as an alternative open-source package, GNOME 1.0.
In addition, the new release comes with Linux-based applications software such as KOffice, Corel's Word Perfect 8, and StarOffice 5.0, free for private users but at a cost to enterprises.
SuSE Linux 6.1 includes five CD ROMs, a 530-page handbook, as well as 60 days of installation support via telephone, fax and e-mail. It costs 98 marks (approximately 95 Australian dollars), and registered customers and students receive the package for 79 marks.
The new version is designed for the German market, the company said. The international version will be available on the 3rd of May.http://www.SuSE.de/SuSE distributors in Australia:
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