Okay so OpenSuSE 11.0/11.1 is better than Ubuntu 8.10.
And still Ubuntu has the largest user base and forum community. it is also not ubuntu is necessarily more newbie-friendly than the latest versions of suse. (earlier versions, sure, but not the recent ones)So why do they have more users than us here? It is because almost every newcomer to linux has someone behind them guiding them into linux. someone does your first install for you, or someone tells you about it etc.
And with a large communtiy and userbase, (ubuntu forums is by far the largest one around), help is quick and easy.
it is not that ubuntu has less problems than suse…but it is simply that whatever problem you are having with ubuntu, there is high likelihood that someone else has had the same problem before you, with such a large user base. documentation on the forum is huge. opensuse ha also got amazing docs; but still we are second best (and Linux Mint is catching up fast).
so here is what i suggest.
let us invade their forums!
for example, for every two posts you write here, post once on ubuntu forums luring people onto the ‘greener’ side of life.
cmmon, we all love to hate Novell, but few can argue against the fact that OpenSuSE (not novell’s SLE) is as much a community project as ubuntu.
i am sure people will switch, even if the switch is slow at first.
this is not a war.
it is just trying to assert that green is a more ubiquitous colour in nature than brown.