OK, time fir a wee bit of humbuggery…!
I really like SuSE, it’s got it’s flaws (far less of course than the dreaded redmond offerings) and it suffers from some of those global issues which affect all OS’es, such as the update/patch delivery etc. However I am stunned that, those fine folk who produce such a wonderful array of resources (i.e. The SuSE distro folk) and with such diligent attention to such things as cultural and language diversity, and general system security, would choose to replace my boot screen, without my knowledge never mind my consent! It is beyond my obviously limited intelligence to see what grand plan or design such a thing serves, but to me, and perhaps to others, it is not good. It is not funny or cute nor does it in any way enhance my usage or my general appreciated of openSuSE, quite the contrary.
Of course (and I thank Henk above for the link to penguin extinction) this must be taken in context. It’s not malicious, it’s not nasty in any way, it’s well intentioned, however it is also not good. At best it can be considered a well intentioned practical joke, at worst…well that depends on the end user, and there are so many, with so many different ideas about what is considered well intention and in good taste.
The obvious way to avoid such unnecessary conflict among such a diverse user base is to release with default options set to something like…
‘gfxboot --change-config penguin=0’
rather than the current default which I assume is -1, flagging that oh so nice ‘**** I’ve got a christmas virus’ feeling which just makes ones day! A note could be placed on the Welcome screen or in some place to advise the user that there is a ‘Christmas Surprise’ option or whatever, there are many ways it could be done.
Anyway, it’s just my opinion. I don’t like it, I think it is a poorly conceived idea and one that has a distinctly ‘Bill’ odour. Have the good folk of SuSE perhaps employed any retired, Seattle based hacks lately? I hope not, as I would not like to see openSuSE end up like a mobile phone interface. Have you seen Win8? All linux distros should be over the moon as those idiots at MS have finally done it this time. Win7 was their best ever OS, but one always knew that with historical perspective, that it was likely to be followed by one of their worst. Yep, I think they’ve actually done just that.
So there you have it. As far as I’m concerned the penguins suck, but I do like openSuSE, and of course I’ve loved Linux for a long time and actually recall that original post of Linus’s so long ago. Maybe I’m just getting old and grumpy, but please do not stuff with my system behind my back, it’s offensive even though well intentioned!