Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jan 2007 21:14 UTC, submitted by Ursus
SuSE, openSUSE InformationWeek reviews OpenSUSE 10.2, and concludes: "All told, I consider openSUSE 10.2 to be a real winner for server duties in my labs. Given the number of pre-release packages that are included, this probably isn't a particularly good choice as a server platform for business-grade networks, but Novell doesn't position it as such, either (that's what their 'enterprise' products are for). I don't think it's as good of a desktop release as SUSE 10.1, either, and there are better distributions for that anyway, but other people are likely to disagree with me here."
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Good review
by smitty on Thu 4th Jan 2007 21:28 UTC
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2005-10-13

This is a good review, in that it doesn't just list a couple of new package versions and post screenshots. He actually goes through several things that were good and bad.

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RE: Good review
by Luis on Thu 4th Jan 2007 22:22 UTC in reply to "Good review"
Luis Member since:
2006-04-28

Yes, it's an interesting review, but his ideas about distributions seem a bit odd.

He says he needs a combination of stability and cutting edge features. SLED 10 and RHEL 4 are not enough bleeding edge for him, yet he uses SUSE 9.3. Then he finds Gentoo and Debian too bleeding edge. Well, Gentoo has an unstable and a stable branch (the stable is quite conservative) and Debian has unstable, testing and stable branches. None of them suit his needs? He goes on saying that the only one that could replace SUSE is Fedora (which is a bleeding edge distro)...

Not that it matters, the review itself was good and unusual. But I would have liked some feedback about how Debian or Ubuntu did in that same environment.

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RE[2]: Good review
by Anonymous Penguin on Thu 4th Jan 2007 22:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Good review"
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2005-07-06

I also found what he wrote about Debian pretty odd. If anything, the only complaint could be that Stable becomes too old before the next one is released.

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RE[2]: Good review
by smitty on Thu 4th Jan 2007 22:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Good review"
smitty Member since:
2005-10-13

Agreed. I'm just happy this was different and hoping that other people in the future can take a cue from this.

Edited 2007-01-04 22:59

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v I can not support Microsoft
by vlado on Thu 4th Jan 2007 22:15 UTC
Some points
by Anonymous Penguin on Thu 4th Jan 2007 22:42 UTC
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2005-07-06

I agree with him about the Gnome menu. Fortunately I use KDE, but even in KDE I reverted to the standard menu, I didn't think a lot of the customized one.
Ati cards: I had my share of problems too, but eventually I found the right way. I might write an how to somewhere.
I had to give up apt4rpm, which was an absolute trauma for me. Now I am using Smart, but smart-gui doesn't come even near to synaptic.
Fonts: I haven't noticed that they are ugly. I installed the MS Fonts as usual, but if I understand the author correctly, it shouldn't make any difference.

I can't see why OpenSUSE 10.2 can't be a good desktop OS: the only problem I have is watching WMP streams, but that has always been a problem with SUSE, even if you download the plug-ins from third party repositories.

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RE: Some points
by netpython on Fri 5th Jan 2007 07:06 UTC in reply to "Some points"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

Fonts: I haven't noticed that they are ugly. I installed the MS Fonts as usual, but if I understand the author correctly, it shouldn't make any difference.

You will notice the bad fonts if you connect a LCD screen via DVI.

can't see why OpenSUSE 10.2 can't be a good desktop OS:

The package manager is still a weak bird.

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RE[2]: Some points
by Anonymous Penguin on Fri 5th Jan 2007 15:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Some points"
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2005-07-06

"You will notice the bad fonts if you connect a LCD screen via DVI."

I see. I have LCD via VGA.

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RE: Some points
by porcel on Fri 5th Jan 2007 14:56 UTC in reply to "Some points"
porcel Member since:
2006-01-28

While the crippling of Kaffeine and Xine on Novell's part is braindead, you should be fine after you replace both by setting up the pacman and guru repositories.

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RE[2]: Some points
by Anonymous Penguin on Fri 5th Jan 2007 15:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Some points"
Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

I have done that, but still Kaffeine or Totem (or VLC) fail to start from a browser (or segfault).

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screen shots
by lqsh on Fri 5th Jan 2007 02:16 UTC
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2007-01-01

some screenshots to accompany this review at LinuxQuestions http://shots.linuxquestions.org/?linux_distribution_sm=openSUSE~*~@...

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RE: screen shots
by Dark_Knight on Fri 5th Jan 2007 16:18 UTC in reply to "screen shots"
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2005-07-10
GRUB
by John Blink on Fri 5th Jan 2007 07:54 UTC
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Member since:
2005-10-11

Do others get penguins with christmas hats? That is the only thing I don't like.

:)

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RE: GRUB
by netpython on Fri 5th Jan 2007 10:18 UTC in reply to "GRUB"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

nope, i did get windows from the redlight district though:-)

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RE: GRUB
by Terracotta on Fri 5th Jan 2007 12:43 UTC in reply to "GRUB"
Terracotta Member since:
2005-08-15

Yeah, got those as well.
Kicked 10.2 out of the window (in favor of kubuntu) after a few days, crippling a media player so it can't play dvd's even when you install the right packages, come on? Compiz is nice, but it's really disturbing when you throw your mouse to the upper right corner that you get an overview of all the running applications, instead of being able to kill the running app (which was why I threw it to the upper right corner), their new k-menu replacement really sucks, perhaps their gnome version might be ok, didn't try it, but the kde one, no thank you.

Yet suse 10.2 ran a lot faster than my last encounter with suse, even yast was fast.

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