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    Cool Back /home again

    Hi fellow openSUSE users,

    Just wanted to share how glad I am to be back on openSUSE. I've used Linux for years as a desktop user (I'm not an IT guy although I'm basically what you'd consider a "power user") and recently decided to switch back to openSUSE.

    I've always had a weakness for SuSE (outdated spelling, I know) as it's the distro that got me started with Linux and all things open source. I remember buying SuSE Linux in 24 hours which came with SuSE Linux 6.2 (if I remember correctly). Unfortunately, it somehow wouldn't install.

    I tried many other distros out of curiosity and at some point I decided to stick to Fedora because the release back then ran really well on my laptop and it didn't get in the way of being productive. However, I've grown tired of its rapid release cycle and increasingly ran into bugs and a general lack of reliability. So that made me reconsider other distros.

    I've come to realize that stability and maturity are more important to me than having bleeding-edge software available, although that's certainly nice to have. I don't need to be running the latest kernel at all times. I also prefer a longer release cycle with good support and reliable documentation. And to me it's a good thing a distro has commercial backing.

    So after playing around with several other distros, I quickly realized the only serious alternative for me is openSUSE. I decided to go for the latest Leap as I'm not big on the rolling release model and did a full-system install. And man, you can't believe how glad I am I did! Everything just works for me, documentation is really great and it's just solid as a rock.

    I'll have to readjust a bit since I didn't actively use openSUSE for a couple of years (I think the last version I ran must have been openSUSE 12.3) but that's fine. As long as I can be productive and not worry about the latest updates breaking my system as was the case lately...

    So keep it up, SUSE. Glad to be rolling with the Geeko again!

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    Default Re: Back /home again

    Welcome back. Glad you are enjoying the latest version. It will be interesting to see what 15 brings.

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    Default Re: Back /home again

    Quote Originally Posted by sabata View Post
    Hi fellow openSUSE users,
    Welcome back.

    I've always had a weakness for SuSE ...
    That's not a weakness. It's a strength

    I tried many other distros out of curiosity and at some point I decided to stick to Fedora because the release back then ran really well on my laptop and it didn't get in the way of being productive.
    I have experimented with Fedora. And it did keep on changing stuff at a rate that seemed too fast.

    So after playing around with several other distros, I quickly realized the only serious alternative for me is openSUSE. I decided to go for the latest Leap as I'm not big on the rolling release model and did a full-system install. And man, you can't believe how glad I am I did! Everything just works for me, documentation is really great and it's just solid as a rock.
    I have been very happy with Leap. I play with Tumbleweed, mainly to take a look at the future. But the stability of Leap is what I use for most of my computing needs.
    openSUSE Leap 15.3; KDE Plasma 5.18.6;

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    Welcome back, man. Enjoy!
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    Default Re: Back /home again

    Welcome back.

    I have actually been using the Beta for our next release, Leap 15.0, in full production for the past couple of months without any issues, although some other people have had some (what I think are mostly minor) problems in the earlier stages.

    I very much like this "next" version. 15.0 goes RC next week, and in about a month will see official release.

    The announced support life for 15.0 is three years.
    "Take a Walk on a Sunny Day, Greet everyone along the way, and Make Somebody Smile, Today"
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    Hi guys,

    Thanks a lot!

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    I have experimented with Fedora. And it did keep on changing stuff at a rate that seemed too fast.
    Yes, my experience exactly! It's a great distro though but I'm actually planning on going freelance so that's made me look at things from a different angle - maturity and stability have become a lot more important to me than using the very latest software - especially on a production system.

    Data protection is a big deal to me. I guess Snapper is also something I should be looking into.

    I have been very happy with Leap. I play with Tumbleweed, mainly to take a look at the future. But the stability of Leap is what I use for most of my computing needs.
    I took some time to install the Leap 15 Beta on my secondary laptop which, apart from having less storage and RAM, has the exact same hardware as my main one. It's a dual boot system (though I very rarely need Windows for anything these days). The installer seems to have had some updates that are really good.

    I'll probably keep using 42.3 on my main laptop for the time being while testing Leap 15 on my secondary laptop. Support lasts until next year anyway. Leap 15 definitely looks like a solid and promising release, though!

    I guess I should get more involved with the project somehow - translations come to mind.

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    Default Re: Back /home again

    Welcome back!

    So far Leap 15 is great. We also have LiveCD's back.

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    Leap is great! I got myself a ProBook and it works like a charm. Great experience! I'm using Tumbleweed on my secondary machine and have no complaints.
    Having a lot of fun...

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