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SuSE, openSUSE "openSUSE 10.2 is the latest release of the community project, after the somewhat disappointing 10.1 release, where you were liable to not have package management actually working. Hopefully, we'll discover no such flaw this time." More here.
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mixed impressions
by unclefester on Sat 20th Jan 2007 08:19 UTC
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I installed opensuse on two machines. The install on an Athlon XP 2000 went very well. On a dual P111 with RAID it was a disaster. The partitioner couldn't deal with the preconfigured Adaptec RAID 5 partition. After installation it decided I had a single cpu with resultant abysmal performance.

The K Menu is simply horrible as is the glacially slow YAST installer which needs additional repositories to be useful. The standard installer is worse than useless. THe whole RPM package management is just atrocious compared with APT.

Installing a new theme borked my Gnome setup.

Openuse looks pretty and has lots of goodies but it is way too slow. It was superb back in the 9.1 days.

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RE: mixed impressions
by h3rman on Sat 20th Jan 2007 11:06 in reply to "mixed impressions"
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Openuse looks pretty and has lots of goodies but it is way too slow. It was superb back in the 9.1 days.

I happened to use it in the 9.1~9.3 days and it was slow then too, so what was so superb then?
Suse is a great distro for those new to Linux so imo they need some credits for that. Before Ubuntu came up with its free CDs, SuSE and Mandriva/Mandrake were unchallenged in that league.

Unfortunately I always felt the whole YaST building was a labyrinth and Suse really doesn't understand the KISS principle. They wasted their time on messing up Gnome (ok, Novell did that I suppose) instead of making their system lean and mean.

I'd say, if they're so desperately trying to have Gnome and KDE look and feel the same, dump one of them and concentrate on the other. Independent forks may come up and you can use the improvements made there later on.
"Kill your darlings", they call that.

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