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    Question Available software

    Ok, to start I just want to say I have always had interest in OpenSuSE, but I have never used it in any serious manner. I currently am using Ubuntu Budgie as my two primary work machines, but would like to try making OpenSuSE at least one of them. I've installed it before, and am pretty familiar with configuring Linux DEs. I have experience in Red Hat, Slackware, and Ubuntu, desktop usage mostly. Just wanted to give you a little background...

    My primary question is, I have a few software packages that I make use of and they typically have Ubuntu/Debian installers, which seems to be the only distro that major companies are supporting these days. So, are there any reliable ways to install .DEB files or the like on SuSE? Or are there repos which support the packages I'd like to install? Any pitfalls I should be aware of before trying this? Do I need to worry about what Desktop Environment I run? I was thinking KDE or maybe even Enlightenment, or maybe installing all DEs so I can play around with them.

    Day-to-day software use:
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • VMWare Pro
    • Slack
    • Spotify
    • Cisco AnyConnect client


    As a potential SuSE user, please feel free to give me any advice you deem beneficial. I've always been looking for a solid distro with a strong community. Ubuntu seems to be a great distro with a large support base, but the community tends to be loose and not nearly as fanatical as I'd like haha. Slackware has a super fanatical user base, and they've been crazy helpful through the years, but I find the distro to be antiquated. RedHat is great for servers, and I work with it and Amazon Linux regularly, but don't appreciate it for a DE (Fedora is better, but again I'm not huge on it). So, what I'm getting around to saying is that I'd like a usable OS with a fanatical user base that I could join and have fun with. Maybe OpenSuSE is this for me?

    Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Nah, we're no fanatics , we simply love what we do.

    Mentioned apps all work fine on openSUSE. I wasn't sure about Slack, but https://flanaras.wordpress.com/2016/...use-leap-42-1/
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    Awesome, so that is good to know about Slack. Which is a fantastic product by the way! Well those packages would have all been roadblocks, as I need them to get my work done day-to-day. I may give OpenSuSE a shot then, and see how it works on one of the computers. And it's too bad you aren't fanatical! haha.

    Can you tell me a little bit about Suse repositories? Do I need to add multiple? Use the defaults? Something else?

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    Oh, and should I wait for 42.3 to come out, or just go ahead with 42.2? How's the upgrade path?

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    Re. DEB packages, no openSUSE is rpm based. One can use 'alien' to convert DEB to rpm though. And, many packages that are built for debian and it's derivates have their rpm version in the repositories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Re. DEB packages, no openSUSE is rpm based. One can use 'alien' to convert DEB to rpm though. And, many packages that are built for debian and it's derivates have their rpm version in the repositories.
    So how successful is Alien normally when converting packages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratmonkey View Post
    Awesome, so that is good to know about Slack. Which is a fantastic product by the way! Well those packages would have all been roadblocks, as I need them to get my work done day-to-day. I may give OpenSuSE a shot then, and see how it works on one of the computers. And it's too bad you aren't fanatical! haha.

    Can you tell me a little bit about Suse repositories? Do I need to add multiple? Use the defaults? Something else?
    https://en.opensuse.org/Package_repositories
    https://en.opensuse.org/Additional_package_repositories

    And yes, use the defaults at first. Don't add home:/ or devel:/ repos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratmonkey View Post
    Oh, and should I wait for 42.3 to come out, or just go ahead with 42.2? How's the upgrade path?
    Depends. If you want to start now, take 42.2 otherwise be patient for 2 weeks.

    The upgrade path, let's say 42.2 -> 42.3 is to change your repos and run 'zypper dup'.
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    Yes, we are no fanatics, but look a bit around at the openSUSE websites, including this one, and see how openSUSE is spelled. Many would appreciate it when you tried to do likewise.
    Henk van Velden

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    Yes, we are no fanatics, but look a bit around at the openSUSE websites, including this one, and see how openSUSE is spelled. Many would appreciate it when you tried to do likewise.
    Little open, big SUSE. Got it! Lol, I will try to comply. Still sad that you aren't fanatics!

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