Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Apr 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by sjvn
SuSE, openSUSE Attachmate now owns Novell and therefore, by extension, also owns SUSE and openSUSE. With Oracle currently doing everything in its power to thoroughly destroy what's left of Sun's open source commitments, scepticism abound about the future of SUSE, and more specifically of openSUSE. Attachmate's CEO has answered some questions about the future of SUSE and openSUSE, and as far as words go, it's looking good.
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Using openSUSE
by acobar on Sat 30th Apr 2011 14:06 UTC
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2005-11-15

Have been using openSUSE since 11.3 release. I like the default install and its standard configuration and selection of packages. For the needed extra non-free or patent potentially encumbered stuff there are packman repositories.

KDE 4.x (now 4.6.x) is finally running smoothly. Actually, it is running so well that I see less and less "reasons" to run xfce now. Just some tweaks and voila, a clean and pleasant desktop. My favorites applications on linux are mostly kde4/qt4 now. Here is my list:

- Dolphin (default file manager) is the best of the bread to day-to-day use now (though I fire up mc from my favorite terminal emulator when a job needs it);

- amarok is nice (after tweeks);

- k3b is the best burner of FOSS;

- smplayer is damn good or video;

- digiKam for photo management;

- qtoctave and freemat (the last from svn). Damn good for most of engineering things I do;

- qtiplot is also very useful for plotting stuff;

- luckyBackup (hard lessons we never forget);

- kate, kdevelop, Qt Creator and kdiff3 for most of the programming things. And KDbg is back!

- scribus and texmaker/lyx (cant make my mind between them) for most of more-than-just-text stuff;

- UDAV for mathgl stuff;

- goldendict is the best free dictionary (to me, of course);

- yast2 for system management. Good, not spectacular.

My main missings are:

- CAD (damn, Autocad is just too good! Have been playing with Bricscad lately to see if I may stop dual-booting);

- image editing (have high hopes for krita from calligra fork, using gimp, which is very nice and full of plugins by now);

- vector stuff (also high hopes for karbon. I like inkscape, anyway).

And there are some stuff that I pretty much doubt I will move from, as it is nice to have them on both MS-OS and linux:

- LibreOffice;

- Mozilla Firefox;

- Mozilla Thunderbird.

What I dislike is the akonadi/nepomuk (the last I always disable, the first can not go away for some reason) things. I dont have use and would like to get rid of them or, at least, leave them on a very frozen state on a deep dark cave somewhere on the confines of the universe.

The forums and bug reports are also good and helpful.

I also have been playing with openSUSE:Education-Li-f-e lately and confess I am impressed so far.

I really hope that Attachmate will do the right things, from a FOSS/community perspective, and succeed on linux/desktop field.

Edited 2011-04-30 14:08 UTC

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