Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Nov 2011 23:38 UTC, submitted by sb56637
SuSE, openSUSE And another popular Linux distribution pushes a new release out the door. This time around, it's openSUSE, as they just released version 12.1. Other than the usual latest and greatest version of all the open source desktops and associated tools, there's a few other interesting tidbits in this release as well.
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RE[2]: Well, it looks nice...
by ricegf on Thu 17th Nov 2011 11:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Well, it looks nice..."
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You love Windows so, yet you've had 25 flings over the past 10 years with various Linux products? You philanderer, you! :-D

Oddly, I've had exactly the opposite experience with hardware. Linux works out of the box with almost everything I've tried, while Windows has generally required that I search out and install at least one or two drivers per install (either that or dig through the dusty CD bin). We have very different tastes in hardware, I suppose.

One of the great things about libre software is that it tends to run on every platform we use. Of course, we've discovered the same is now true (at least for Windows and Red Hat) for most commercial software that we use - other than Microsoft Office or the occasional vertical app, app needs favor Windows far less frequently than in the Red Hat 5.2 days. Benchmarks show our apps run much faster under Linux, though, which is certainly driving our architecture.

This is important, as the ongoing mobile revolution is shaking up the market dramatically. It's interesting to see Microsoft following Ubuntu's lead in moving to a mobilesque shell on their primary product. This is a particularly good time to broaden your experiences beyond the WIMP paradigm, as the big UI innovators now are Android and iOS, driving touch to laptops and desktops - who hasn't absently tried to move a window or activate a button on a laptop screen with their finger yet?

OS philandering is important to any self-respecting geek. Heck, you should spend 4 evenings with Haiku - you never know who might steal your heart! ;-)

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