Bluetooth support, the latest kernel, Gnome and KDE desktops and the web authoring package Nvu are among the updated features of Novell's just-launched SuSE Linux Professional 9.2.

With availability due in November, Novell sees the update as another step towards the Linux desktop for everyman, and reckons the OS update "provides Linux newcomers and enthusiasts with the latest advancements in open source technology".

Added mobility support arrives via Bluetooth wireless support, which includes automatic recognition of Bluetooth-enabled devices via the YaST central configuration and administration tool.

YaST also makes it easy to connect to and move between wireless LANs (WLAN) and other network connections, according to Novell. Advanced power management through ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) and suspend-to-disk features also make it easy for laptop users who require the increased mobility this affords.

The updated version's core technology includes the new enhanced Linux kernel 2.6.8, providing stability and security along with greater hardware support. The X.Org Foundation's new X Window System X11R.6.8.1 also contributes to overall better hardware support. GCC 3.3.4 and glibc 2.3.3 provide best performance for a Linux distribution to date.

It also comes with a broad range of development environments including KDevelop, Eclipse and Mono, a development platform based on the .NET framework which allows open source developers to build Linux and cross-platform applications with unprecedented productivity.

The system includes over 3,500 packages, according to Novell, including office, internet, email and multimedia software, server services for home networks and development tools.

New features and applications

  • KDE 3.3 and GNOME 2.6 graphical desktop environments for enhanced usability and desktop comfort.

  • 1.1.3, a complete Word-, Excel- and PowerPoint-compatible office suite.

  • Novell Evolution 2.0, an email and personal information client, with integrated support for Microsoft Exchange 2000/2003 connectivity, compatibility with Novell GroupWise using IMAP, plus support for a broad set of standard email protocols.

  • GIMP 2, a comprehensive image processing and graphics creation tool.

  • Inkscape, a new vector graphics application that Novell reckons outperforms all other Linux alternatives.

  • Nvu, a Web authoring system that combines Web file management and easy-to-use page editing.