posted by Anthony Hicks on Tue 8th Apr 2003 16:17 UTC

"Linux Distros: Yoper"
Yoper is a relatively new Linux distribution coming out of New Zealand. It's one of a number of new distributions that seem to build off a Slackware base, and then optimize the system for both newer processors (Yoper's optimized for i686 CPU's), and for KDE 3.1 as it's only interface. Yoper has only recently hit version 1.0 of its software, and as such, all of my work and my impression of Yoper are based off several release candidates (RC's) that they released.

Yoper aims to have a small footprint (The amount of space necessary for the installation of the OS and all of it's necessary files) of highly stable, integrated apps, and to be fast. And for the most part Yoper succeeds in all areas!

Yoper looks great, with smooth anti-aliased fonts, it's fast, and thanks to its Slackware heritage, it's fairly intuitive to navigate and find the items you're looking for. Their target market is business's that want to migrate off competitors' products (i.e., Windows), and they apparently have rather a successful business converting companies over to Yoper-based systems in their homeland of New Zealand.

The only real problems I experienced with Yoper were with its implementation of the Xfree86 display drivers. The aforementioned Xfree86-4 display file had to be changed and tweaked for each release, and it never was as stable or easy to get running as any of the other Linux distributions I've tried. With the exception of RC4 however, once I had managed to get the displays working, Yoper performed admirably. RC4, the last release before their official release, was unstable no matter what I did though. It looked and performed great, but on occasion would just crash hard, dropping the user out of the Xfree environment, and leaving them with a console prompt.

This was where my real problems with Yoper began. Without getting into all the details (this is a comparison, not a complaint summary), it quickly became apparent that Yoper was only in the game for Yopers benefit. They did manage to build an impressive distribution (RC4 being the exception), but their support left a lot to be desired. They've deleted their knowledge base and message forums no less than 3 times in the last couple of months, and when I did run into a problem, they refused to respond or answer my questions (and with the message forums deleted, I didn't have the option of turning to that as a resource). Similar complaints began to pop up on both their forums, and on other sites, to which the company responded with insults and diatribe, referring to anyone who voiced an opinion as a "Slashdotter" and refusing to acknowledge anyone's issues.

Perhaps this situation has changed, but just recently they posted a long message on their site claiming that anyone who complained about the quality and/or treatment we received was simply a Slashdotter (among other things), and that they didn't want to service us "geeks". Instead they claimed that they were very successful in the New Zealand market, and that they didn't need or want users like us.

Easy enough... I deleted the Yoper releases, pocketed the money I'd set aside to purchase Yoper with, and moved on. At this point, I hope they're out of business soon. They're a very misleading company, and rather than providing a service, or acknowledging any problems, they insult their users, appropriate any hints or workarounds their users have offered, and then delete any references to problems rather than deal with the issues. Enough said.

Summary: Stay away from Yoper. There are many other companies with equal or better releases who want to work with their users to develop a better product rather than just take their money and run.

Additionally, Yoper is extremely high priced when compared to other Linux distributions. They'll charge you just under $100 to get a Yoper install CD, and they've already said that additional money will be needed if and when you upgrade to a newer version. Evidently that $100.00 is only good for the initial purchase plus a year of support. I myself don't see anyone spending $100.00 a year just to ensure that they can get software and support from an arrogant company who has already stated that they don't need my business.

Table of contents
  1. "Intro, Windows"
  2. "BeOS"
  3. "Mac OS X"
  4. "GNU/Linux"
  5. "Linux Minus"
  6. "Linux Distros: Yoper"
  7. "Linux Distros: Redhat 8.x (Phoebe)"
  8. "Linux Distros: Mandrake 9.1 RC2"
  9. "Linux Distros: Ark Linux"
  10. "Linux Distros: Vector Linux (Soho 3.2)"
  11. "Linux Distros: Gentoo Linux (and other source based distros)"
  12. "Linux Distros: Suse Linux, Conclusion"
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