I have followed this thread (and the others which have started) with interest. I have no doubt that Leap42 will be a great distro but, at the moment, it appears to have as many bugs as-all-come-up.
I started using ‘Linux’ in the late '90s (initially as distributed on a 3.5in. floppy as BSD & run under OS/2) but - when OS/2 collapsed - I turned to the free distro’s then beginning to appear with mags like “PC World”. I eventually bought a boxed set (complete with printed manual) of SuSE 6.3 and have (more or less) stayed with it ever since. There was one SUSE release (I can’t remember which - 7.1 or 8.1 maybe) which appeared buggy and I almost defected to Mandriva; but the follow-up (7.2 or 8.2, whatever?) was fine. I have used SuSE (primarily) ever since.
It seems to me that It is not without the bounds of probability that that SuSE is playing an MS on us - launch, say, Vista; get everyone to pay for it; it is full of bugs, which your customers report and which you (MS) sort out; BUT you’ve already got the money and, once the bugs are sorted out, you can charge your customers for an ‘upgrade’ (ie: a version of Vista which has some of the bugs sorted out)
BUT, this is not MS. We have NOT paid $'s or £’s for something that is buggy. We are being offered something which may be terrific (or it might be a complete frost). I believe it will be terrific and our complaints about this iteration will be the thing which makes it so!
And there will be more!