After having much difficulties finding a way to install openSUSE 12.3 x86_64 on my laptop and just today finding a way to get it done I am now looking for a reason to keep it.
I spent several hours installing this OS after weeks of trying to find a way to install it and to my dismay it seems barely usable if atall usable. from the extensive list of bugs in these forum threads and those I have experienced myself I am left wondering why I or anybody else would/should use such a flawed OS? Does it get better? Did I chose to install a first version after a major overhaul that messed up a previously decent OS? Are there redeeming factors I didn’t spend enough time to find for this SUSE?
I logged out of SUSE and ran back to my Ubuntu (which openSUSE tried so hard to destroy during installation) after only visiting one internet site and failing an attempt to enable my wireless connectivity via network manager AND Yast2, network manager had all wireless options greyyed out and Yast2 wanted to install a pakage which couldn’t be installed because pakagekit had it locked out even though I did not attempt to install/run any other packages and I even closed out what few windows I had opened including of course firefox.
Is it being unreasonable to expect a newly installed OS to do such a simple task as enabling a wireless connection? Am I asking too much to expect it to be capable of doing things that even Windoze can do and do well (which if you have used Windoze you know that says a lot)? Can I expect things to improve or would I be better served by removing my new openSUSE 12.3 and freeing up that linux partition for a better preforming distro?
This is my first SUSE distro so I don’t know if SUSE is worth the headaches. SUSE is not my first taste of linux, that would be mandrake linux (can’t remember the version) that installed fine but was too limited in capabilities at the time (did not come prepacked with modem drivers and my pc back then had no networking capabilities other than it’s modem) and I have tried a very old redhat, several fedora’s (i think from version 9-14) and mandriva’s (the new name for mandrake for those that don’t know), a version of mint, Kubuntu 13.04 and every version of Ubuntu from 10.04 through 13.04. I am not a linux expert but not entirely a linux newbie either.
Mainly my point is this; Should I continue to give SUSEa chance? Is it normally a worthwhile OS or am I as a person, just completely incompatible with SUSE?