Linked by the_randymon on Sun 30th Dec 2012 22:45 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE The openSUSE community has elected its new board of directors, who will take office in January 2013. Welcome to Raymond Wooninck and Robert Schweikert, who will have a lot of work ahead of them as the board helps navigate openSUSE through some choppy waters. openSUSE remains one of the most popular Linux distros around, but their delayed release of 12.2 in September has led the team to spend the last six months reworking their development process, and both new members are planning to prioritize improvement of openSUSE's communication strategies as well.
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RE: Welp
by the_randymon on Mon 31st Dec 2012 13:13 UTC in reply to "Welp"
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2005-07-06

Wow, great comment - very eloquent and insightful. I share your optimism (I've been a SUSE guy since 7.1) but I think the distro could use some good leadership to shake the thing up a bit. One of the distro's strong points has always been YaST, but YaST has stagnated a bit - think of all the potential it has. The repository management thing is a pain, and I hate I have to refresh them before installing anything (this is something apt-get does very, very well). Lastly, I think openSUSE is struggling to find its niche in the ecosystem along other popular distros. I still love SUSE but find myself more frustrated with it than I was back in the SUSE 8.2 days, and hope the board spurs them into making future releases spectacular. Now that Ubuntu may be floundering a bit, there's an opportunity for them.

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RE[2]: Welp
by MechaShiva on Mon 31st Dec 2012 17:20 in reply to "RE: Welp"
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2005-07-06

I guess it all comes down to finding their niche. They certainly have all the pieces to put something very special together.

After sitting here for a few minutes and sipping my coffee, I keep coming back to the idea that they should focus more on software integration and being that distro where everything just works. I don't mean that in the desktop way, I mean that in the server way. Let's see if I can explain this right. Probably not but whatever.

I've been looking at FreeIPA on CentOS/Redhat for a few months now and it seems like a really neat solution. Knowing Redhat, you do the groupinstall and then start tweaking the config files and if you don't miss anything, it'll work.

On SUSE/openSUSE, imagine wrapping all that up in YaST. Now factor in the Samba4 release. Now you have something that looks an awful lot like AD, except better, and it works seamlessly across windows and linux. All with GUI management tools that Just Work.

Or maybe extending YaST so that you can generate preconfigured VMs or disk images. Think of it: you go into YaST, select a few modules (DNS/DHCP, Mail, Authentication, VM Host, etc), preconfigure everything everything, press a button and VIOLA! You now have a disk image you can deploy anywhere in your network. All custom tailored and idiot proof.

There are a million and one turn key linux solutions out there but none that I know of that allows you to generate your own turn key solutions in such a brain dead easy manner. And SUSE has all the tools in place to do it and do it right.

They have the 9 month release cycle, which is alright for the DIY and self support crowd. This is something you can easily fold into long term support releases and make a good living on (eg. SUSE proper).

Or maybe they can focus on the cloud of something. There's money in the cloud. Or tablets. I think there's money there too.

Edited 2012-12-31 17:23 UTC

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RE[2]: Welp
by zima on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 20:01 in reply to "RE: Welp"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Now that Ubuntu may be floundering a bit

Some people keep repeating that, but... http://stats.wikimedia.org/archive/squid_reports/2012-10/SquidRepor... (and compare with a year ago http://stats.wikimedia.org/archive/squid_reports/2011-10/ - especially how Ubuntu is the only non-Android distro which really grew, basically all other notable distros decreased)

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