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SuSE 8.1 LSB Certified

SuSE Linux 8.1 Released

Mike Angelo -- 7 October 2002 (C)

(Webmaster's Note: At press time one SuSE URL shows that SuSE 8.1 is available now. However, another SuSE URL indicates that SuSE 8.1 is a pre-order item at this time. Additionally, at press time, SuSE 8.1 does not appear to be available for downloading.)

SuSE Linux is releasing its latest offering, the SuSE Linux 8.1 operating system (OS) distribution today. It ships with the new Linux 2.4.19 kernel. SuSE is one of the three leading Linux OS distributions. SuSE Linux 8.1 was certified as LSB (Linux Standard Base) compliant on 30 September 2002.

LSB Mission Statement

The goal of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) is to develop and promote a set of standards that will increase compatibility among Linux distributions and enable software applications to run on any compliant Linux system. In addition, the LSB will help coordinate efforts to recruit software vendors to port and write products for Linux.


According to a SuSE Linux 8.1 Press Release and other SuSE information, SuSE Linux 8.1 includes both the GNOME 2 and KDE (K Desktop Environment) 3.0.3 windows-like desktops. SuSE 8.1 also includes two leading Open Source office productivity software suites, KOffice 1.2 and OpenOffice 1.0.1.

Here are a few more new and improved features in SuSE 8.1 listed in a SuSE Linux 8.1 Press Release and other SuSE information:

  • glibc 2.2.5
  • gcc 3.2
  • Boot manager GRUB (or Lilo)
  • 4 journaling file systems: ReiserFS, Ext3, jfs, XFS
  • Soft RAID
  • Resizing of FAT32 partitions
  • Crypto file system
  • Logical Volume Manager
  • ACL Support: Ext2, Ext3, JFS, XFS
  • Samba 2.2.5
  • LISA (pending)
  • Web server Apache 2.0.40
  • CUPS
  • Expanded SaX2

We have not completed our checkout of SuSE Linux 8.1 yet. However, here are excerpts of a SuSE Press Release announcing the availability of SuSE Linux 8.1.

SuSE Press Release Excerpts

Oakland, California, September 17th, 2002 - Today, SuSE Linux, . . . announced the availability of the latest version of SuSE Linux for October 7th. SuSE Linux 8.1 extends an unprecedented level of user-friendliness and functionality for professional and private users, offering the stability and security of the Linux operating system on their PCs. . . .

Blending operating system and applications, SuSE's system assistant, YaST2 (Yet another Setup Tool), is the core element and administration center of this comprehensive package for first-time and experienced Linux users. With YaST2, even new Linux users can complete the installation in less than 30 minutes. The updated hardware detection automatically integrates even the latest USB2.0 devices and Firewire devices. Only a mouse click is necessary to set up printers, sound cards, and TV cards. YaST2 now provides a module for the configuration of special hardware components such as joysticks. Even output devices such as touch screens, vertical LCDs, 3D solutions, and multi-head systems can be configured easily with SaX2 (SuSE advanced X configuration). Linux professionals will appreciate the expanded YaST2 text mode.

*** Practical, Valuable Helpers for Everyday Tasks

The new system profile manager, SCPM (SuSE Configuration Profile Management), facilitates the easy management of multiple system configurations. SuSE Linux users who commute between different locations, can now use local peripherals such as printers or scanners with a single click. Laptop users will also value the improved wireless LAN support that can be easily configured with YaST2. Data encryption with WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) provides maximum security in wireless LANs. CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) is implemented as the default printing system, since its wide range of drivers enables the flexible and precise utilization of all common printers. The expanded SuSE Firewall 2, a crypto file system that protects laptop and hard disk data even in the event of theft, GNU Privacy Guard (GPG encryption) as well as proven security technologies such as OpenSSH, PAM, and IPsec are part of the standard equipment of SuSE Linux 8.1.

*** Office Package Without Surcharge 1.0.1 offers TrueType support and improved import filters. Thus, mature utilities for text processing, spreadsheets, and presentations are available to users without any licensing fees. Once again, SuSE offers the latest version of the superb KDE desktop environment, KDE 3.0.3, that appears in the innovative "ceramics style". Users can customize the look and feel of the desktop environment according to their personal preferences. The new GNOME 2.0 desktop is also included. Major highlights for multimedia fans include GPhoto 2.1, an application that transfers images from the digital camera directly to the hard disk, where they can be comfortably edited with the image processing application Gimp. The Ogg Vorbis 1.0 encoder and player provides today's most advanced audio compression tool that even exceeds the quality of the common MP3 and MP3 Pro technology. In addition, simple, reliable and rapid CD burning is possible with the new tool K3b. The improved Windows emulator "wine" enables the utilization of countless Windows applications in Linux.

*** SuSE YOU - Always Up-to-Date, Always Secure

SuSE YOU (YaST Online Update) is the SuSE unique system maintenance and system optimization service. Users can download a list of all security updates from the SuSE server and decide which ones to install. Only the modifications will be transmitted, not the entire program.

*** State-of-the-Art Linux Technology

In addition to common media such as CD-ROM or DVD, SuSE's new "Software Installer" allows installation based on ftp- and http-servers, local directories, or network drives. Software Installer checks and controls complex dependencies of different program packages before their installation, thus ensuring maximum system stability.

SuSE delivers the SuSE Linux 8.1 operating system with kernel 2.4.19 and gcc 3.2, representing the latest Linux technology. Optimized Linux kernels provide maximum performance for Pentium 4 processors and AMD processors. The powerful boot manager, GRUB (Grand Unified Boot Loader), substitutes the Linux-Loader, Lilo, as default boot manager. Powertweak allows Linux professionals to modify kernel parameters comfortably in order to maximize the performance of their systems. The latest versions of central Linux tools such as the web server Apache 2.0.40 and Samba 2.2.5, the file and print server for Windows networks, are also included. Moreover, with ReiserFS, JFS, XFS, and Ext3, four journaling file systems are available.

*** In Stores from October 7th on

SuSE Linux 8.1 includes revised manuals with new chapters about digital cameras, the printing system CUPS, and the GNOME desktop environment. SuSE Linux 8.1 will be available from software retailers beginning in October. The recommended retail price for SuSE Linux 8.1 Personal (3 CDs, User Guide, 60 days of installation support) is USD 39.95, SuSE Linux 8.1 Professional (7 CDs, 1 DVD, User Guide and Administration Guide, 90 days of installation support) is USD 79.95, and the price for SuSE Linux 8.1 Professional Updateis USD 49.95.

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