Linked by Adam S on Thu 19th Jun 2008 14:47 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
SuSE, openSUSE A new major release of Novell's community-supported distro openSUSE 11 is now available and can be downloaded from the mirrors. Linux Format has a hands-on look at the new installer, SLAB menu and Compiz Fusion, and weighs up whether the distro can fight competition from Ubuntu and Fedora. Is this the start of a new era for SUSE?
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More like an opinion piece than a review
by pilotgi on Thu 19th Jun 2008 16:16 UTC
pilotgi
Member since:
2005-07-06

The author goes over some of the details but it's heavy on the anti-openSUSE rhetoric and heavy on the pro Ubuntu/Fedora rhetoric. I guess he's entitled to his opinion but maybe he should have titled as an opinion piece.

I'm downloading now and using the 11.0 RC 1. It's using kernel 2.6.25.5-1.1 so I think the kernel the author listed is outdated.

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kiz01 Member since:
2005-07-06

It was definitely an opinion piece. To sum it up:

--review--
The installer tripped me up, I hate the slab menu, yast is a bloated mess, openSuse's only redeeming feature is its 2 year support span. Fedora and Ubuntu are much better because they are revamping some of their stuff.
--/review--

Personally, I like yast and I like the slab menu. I've found openSuse to be a stable, well crafted distro that works quite well for me and I've seen nothing from Fedora or Ubuntu that make me want to switch.

That's the beauty of Linux, you can pick the distro that fits you best.

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TLZ_ Member since:
2007-02-05

Would you say it is more stable than Ubuntu?

I'm loving Ubuntu, but it's not quite as stable on my current machine as I wish it was.

(I know; I could get off my lazy ass and install Arch Linux, but I'm tired of editing config files. I like it when stuff auto configures and works. )

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