Hello everyone! First of all I wish you a nice day, then please allow me to introduce myself.
I am a man of no wealth and disputable taste who happened to start tinkering with computers at a later age than most, so please be kind if I am a little obtuse. I happened to need a multiboot install with both Windows 7 and some Linux distro on my computer. I have had previous experiences with Linux, especially the typical noob distro of choice, Ubuntu. Anyway they were before the change to Unity, afterwards I switched to Linux Mint on my old desktop computer, a clunky Pentium 4 that still runs great. But before that I had tried Kubuntu and loved KDE. Seriously, for someone who was introduced to computers with Windows 98 it is what a desktop environment has always meant to be (and more often than not, fallen short of the mark).
So for my laptop I got some advice on teh intarwebz and made a sensible decision: had an 8GB USB drive sitting idle, a decent net connection and a semi-functional brain, so I burnt a multiboot drive to test some distros. I don’t know if my laptop is very exotic (it has one of the earliest APUs), but Debian and Debian-based distros (Ubuntu, Mint, elementaryOS) were an unmitigated disaster. Drivers for my WiFi card were obviously subpar, since I couldn’t connect to my work network, which uses a TTLS encoding. So I tried Manjaro too, which I liked but was wary of its declared beta nature.
Which brings me to openSUSE 13.1, the one distro that worked flawlessly out-of the box. I liked its polished interface, the integration of KDE, the software that came bundled with it and the performance. Apart from that the multiboot screen on startup is just the icing on the cake. It looks and feels like an OS “made in Germany”.
I am no IT expert, so I had some trouble getting acquainted with YaST, but from the start I realised the fact that it’s a powerful tool, actually one of the best IMO. Any trouble I had was of the PEBKAC variety, so the forums and the community were a priceless resource for help. For all this I thank you. I have discussed with other Linux users the fact that Ubuntu may have a bigger base, but that a bigger proportion of the openSUSE community are experts or power users, so it’s easier for newbies to be heard and have a satisfactory solution for their problems. The support of a big company like Novell for the enterprise version can’t hurt either.
So for anyone who has bothered to read up to here, thank you for your attention. See you soon!