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
acobar
Member since:
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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RE: Using openSUSE - Dolphin and Nepomuk
by jabbotts on Sun 1st May 2011 16:08 in reply to "Using openSUSE"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I'd say the most frequent crashout on my system is Dolphin. It's a very nice file manager but it frequently bombs out when I've lots of directories open. The novelty of opening a second directory and selecting some files only to see all my Dolphin instances disappear has long since worn off. If it's a flaky plugin taking the whole thing down then fair enough; fix the plugin and fix Dolphin so a crashing plugin doesn't kill the entire thing.

Nepomuk. this is becoming detestable. When ram maxes out, swap use grows and my machine crawls too a halt, there is one consistency. Not the vm'd server with similar uptime to the host (groupware and various monitoring apps; it's not sitting still). Not the pentarget VMs or related heavy load tasks on the host os. The 72 hours of Ophcrack or John burning away on multiple cores.. anything productive I'm doing?.. nah.. it's Nepomukservices. Even Firefox on Windows causes less grief leaking memory everywhere and crashing out.

This is Debian 6; stability and security are core project goals. But, I can accept that other distributions may be shipping a more stable Dolphin build. Dolpin may be falling below Nepomuk seems to be a steaming pile everywhere it lands out of the cow though. I'd be happy to see both significantly improved or at least enough so that I'm not shipping crash reports so regularly.

(and with that, I'm off to disable Nepomuk. Even if other apps are using it's index library.. I'll take the performance drop over the Nepomuk crap happily. It's had it's chance until I see an updated package.)

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superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

the good news for you is that this will indeed be solved in the upcoming version of Dolphin. The problem is that the file information plugins can crash Dolphin. While many bugs in those have been fixed, they still aren't perfect and Dolphin will use them in a separate process to prevent this issue in the future.

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RE: Using openSUSE
by phoenix on Mon 2nd May 2011 18:14 in reply to "Using openSUSE"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

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


Yeah, CAD apps are a weak-link in the Linux chain. We've tried various ones (QCad, Cycas, Rhino, and another one I can't recall the name of) but haven't found one that works well for those trained on AutoCAD. Until we found ProgeCAD.

It runs via Wine, sure, but it runs exceedingly quick and stable on our Debian 5.0 boxes. It's AutoCAD compatible, and the interface is very similar to AutoCAD. Our AutoCAD-trained teachers love it.

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