Ok guys, First day of finally getting my SUSE partition up and running and I’ve pretty much spent all day tweaking the hell out of it. So I’m gonna just spank out my first impressions. Bare in mind I’ve come from ubuntu so there are going to be some comparisons. I’m gunna split this up into good and bads. On the bads don’t hesitate to point out help:-
#1: Looks really good and polished through all the menus and default settings.
#2: The polished feel really feels great considering SUSE isn’t seen as such a main-stream OS
#3: Drivers etc. already on there after my first restart.
#4: The community, although the Ubuntu community is massive, its very easy to get lost and ignored within the deep relms of the fubuntu.
#5: Individuality, SUSE does not just follow the quota with gnome, the SLAB menu is a really good idea (although I have some issues with it)
#6: Chameleons rock my socks.
#7: In various areas SUSE out performs Ubuntu in terms of application and Compiz speed
#1: New commands, yeah its nitpicky but its an immediate set-back
#2: Caf will tell you that I had some troubles whilst partitioning, Threatening to format windows was not the friendliest thing on earth.
#3: SLAB, its a good idea but I wish I could flick through all my applications in the menu rather than a whole new window.
#4: Package management, the main issue for me. Ubuntu made installing packages so easy for me and there needs to be a big change to SUSE to match that. For example I want to find a dock but I need to search the net for the RPM instead of entering afew command lines.
#5: Crashes, sometimes when I go into a switcher either SUSE or Compiz will crash, on Ubuntu I only ever had one crash.
#6: Docks, I’m a big dock fan as I own an iMac and I really want cairo dock but I just can’t find a way to install it, and I can’t find a suitable replacement.
Although this migh sound like I’m really anti and I’m taking the hostile approach, I’m really not. I wouldn’t have made this thread otherwise. I’ve found OpenSUSE fun as a new experience pushing me out of my comfort zone and making come on a learning curve that I have come to expect from linux. If it ain’t broken, find something wrong with it, that somes up my fascination with Linux.
If you would like to post tips or your own experiences when you started SUSE feel free.
Have a great day and happy posting, Tie.