are trendsetters, listening to strange new music and buying cars with heated seats.
Now SUSE is liable to set a new trend: give Linux users a real reason to actually buy a shrink-wrapped copy of a Linux distribution.
SUSE 9 offers a superb printed manual, a great installation interface, a modern KDE system in addition to the more standard, older GNOME interface,
and a new kernel build. It's easy to see why Novell thought enough of the software to buy the company.
But there's a catch: you'll have to get purchasing to approve an expenditure of $90 (including shipping) per copy. You'll have no choice: the full
distribution is not available for download, and you'll want the 400+ page manual. For home users, there's a less expensive Home Version available for
$50 with less support and installation help, mostly for non-developers or non-network users.