Hello everyone, I thought I’d point out what I like and what I think should be upgraded on openSUSE.
openSUSE is a solid, strong Linux Distro. Stable, fast, secure, practical and elegant. It’s my favorite (along with Debian, my affair), but some things really get in the way of a new daily user. For example, using NVIDIA it’s the same as say “Your monitor will go nuts after fresh install” (at least for me), which will force you to manually restart and then go into recovery mode to update the system.
Other thing (the most bizarre and annoying thing) is sound. Buggy/laggy/crackling sound is no news to openSUSE users. Having to open a terminal and typying a command everytime I want to start Steam or Skype seems to be a routine task for openSUSE users, since a friend said “Really? This has being going on for at least 4 years and they didn’t fix it yet?”. I’m not gonna say he’s lying, but I’m not gonna say it’s not the case at least for some programs. Not to mention sound cracks sometimes and only a reboot can fix the problem, but it seems it’s not fixable since you’ll never know when things will start to go crazy.
Other thing is openSUSE trying to display things on a higher monitor-refresh-rate than mine can handle, again forcing me to do a manual reboot after being prompted with a “Hz” message.
Other than those above, I can manually install any driver, the kernel will not break neither my libraries. It’s fast, very customizable since the install, instructions are very clear of what things do, this forum is really powered by knowledge admins and moderators along with very expert users as well, any problems at all can and will get solved here, no discussion about it.
I’m really looking forward to using openSUSE as my main and only Linux distro, but right now it’s pointless to spend time trying to solve things such as sound problems when we’re in freaking 2013, it’s laughable to have such issues. I could be wrong, this could not be an openSUSE problem itself, but I noticed on Debian/Ubuntu based systems they seem to use a different sound manager(?), sound is perfect and no terminal is needed for me to speak on the microphone. Problems with Ubuntu and it’s derivatives are Kernel breaks, manual driver installs which are not from the repositories. So there if I let the system install the drivers with Jockey (same as YasT here I guess) everything should be OK on 12.04, but on 12.10 I have to install Kernel Headers because it’s not enabled by default on Kernel updates. Ubuntu 13.04 is still on BETA but it’s impossible to play with.
So the only thing that really stops me to fully use the advantages of openSUSE is this sound issue. I really hope they fix this soon (if they will ever do so), openSUSE is so great =)
Anyway that’s all for now.