Just added OpenSUSE to my dual (now triple) boot

So I just added OpenSUSE to my computer, which now runs that, Ubuntu 9.10, and Windows 7. What can I really do with OpenSUSE that I couldn’t do with Ubuntu though? That was one of the reasons I never really switched from Ubuntu to something else, there was nothing I was unable to do due to me using Ubuntu and not some other GNU/Linux distro… So what is it I can do on OpenSUSE I can’t do on Ubuntu?


What can you do in Ubuntu that you cant do in Windows 7?

well, I can make symlinks (most definitely different from a shortcut). I can do things much quicker with Gnome Do. I can use compiz. I can use several workspaces without going through very much trouble. I can use Emerald. I was going to say touché, but that would be wrong.

I’m sure there must be a point to your question.
Maybe you are just trying to iterate to us the flexibility of Linux in general, as both SUSE and Ub* can perform similarly given a competent user:)

Did you try KDE under openSUSE? Give it a try. It is definitely different experience.

Yeah, thats what I got for it. I knew I didn’t want to use GNOME with it, because it would be way too similar, so I’ve been using KDE.

Maybe there really isn’t much different at all about the two distros, it’s just up to what the user feels like using more?

Linux is Linux. :slight_smile:

There is not a lot of difference, until you get down to the nuts and bolts, such as package management. openSUSE uses RedHat Package Management (RPM), and that will be a bit of a learning curve, but you can handle it.

We have folks here who test almost every distro that comes out with a new release. They live for it. Then we have people like me that pretty much stick to one or two distros. For me, it’s openSUSE and Arch. They are both linux and once I get them installed, they don’t look or feel much different, but under the hood, they are not the same.

If you just like a system that works, find a distro that runs well on your hardware and stick with it.

yep, that’s really the only difference I’ve seen. “sudo zypper in <package>” vs “sudo apt-get install <package>”

Actually it should be su -c 'zypper in <package>'
Or to make things simple run “su -” first before running commands that need root privileges.

…oops lol

  • deb packages are easier to build and easier to trick than rpms.
  • Ubuntu uses Grub 2, openSUSE still uses legacy Grub
  • Ubuntu has less restrictions with proprietary drivers and codecs.
  • openSUSE has a much better setup (I guess the best from all Linux distros).
  • openSUSE claims to have a better KDE integration. In fact, it did change a couple things and made it impossible to reverse to KDE original behaviour (like collapsing menus which contain only one entry).

It is wrong to pretend - as I’ve read on multiples occasions on this forum - that Ubuntu is a Linux for beginners, despite its very simple setup. Ubuntu is obviously faster to install but not necessarely easier to maintain.

This may be a bit OT but I had a look on Wikipedia about Grub:

Since GRUB Legacy is still the most widely used version among end users, but official development is being done on a different version, several other projects maintain their own enhancements (forks) to the GRUB Legacy code.

How come that the majority of distribution did not follow the official development version and preferred to fork? Does openSUSE think about adopting Grub2? After all, development on that version started 2002, that is quite a bit now… This surprised me, anybody has more info?

Grub 2 supports EFI (replacement of the ancient BIOS) and I am one of those who look forward to use it.

MacBook Pro has EFI instead of BIOS. Right now, I have to use something called rEFIt.

What exactly does “a better setup” mean?

I think he referred to the installation procedure (guided, graphical etc.)

Ah, in that case I think Ubuntu’s is actually the best in that category.

openSUSE makes you more popular with the ladies, helps guard against hair loss, makes certain male body parts seem bigger, and helps you live to a ripe old age ;).

It seems nobody actually reads the EULA!

Alright, I’m convinced now, you’re right, OpenSUSE is clearly superior. Thanks for that clarification XD.

Growbag. I am using openSUSE/SUSE since 6.1. Substantially you are right. Nevertheless I would like to warn the first-time-user about side effects.
Truth is that you are getting more popular with ladies (since they are in my experience very lazy with manuals, they like to have a personalized slave at home to fix the system). But this is maybe a popularity that someone does not want. It is also true that it helps against hair loss, especially on your back, in your nose and in your ears. But…well. But finally it is uttermost true that it makes seem certain body parts seem bigger. By typing a lot on the keyboard you are getting swollen hands…and since you are very concentrated your shrugged front makes your ears to appear more prominent.

After all you are right, as you age prematurely due to stress from discussion whether the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is not KDE4.2 but maybe 4.5 (some argue even 3.5), that makes you live to ripe old age…since it comes fast.


By summing up, side-effects do not rule out benefit. I will continue to enjoy openSUSE. :wink: