Transition back to a Linux desktop again


Good evening,

Like many I’ve given Vista a whirl and although it’s quite stable now
with SP1 I just don’t feel comfortable working in it. It runs on a AMD64
X2 3800+ with 2 gigs of ram. The performance is about the equivalent to
running Apple OS 10.5 on a white G5 iMac. It runs but a bit sluggish.

Right now I use mostly Adobe applications at work. Namely InDesign,
Dreamweaver, and Photoshop cs3. I have access to these at work any time
I wish and while I still like Dreamweaver cs3’ intigration with
Photoshop (they work very well together) I’m trying to ween myself away
from that when working on my own at home. Using instead GIMP or Inkscape
with marginal success and attempting to work with Aptana as a
replacement for Dreamweaver. I really like Aptana so far, but it is a
bit confusing getting used to the working environment.

I’m at a point right now where the majority of the applications I use
on my Vista system are opensource and available on other platforms
including Linux and even Apple. My question is this:

Performance wise, will opensuse excel in comparison to Vista or is what
I have read partially true in that 11.1 is a bit buggy to be considered
production worthy?
The second question is about upgrading.
I want to find a distribution that I can install and not have to worry
about a clean install with each release. I understand separation of the
/home partition to save data for a new install, but I would really like
to avoid a reinstall at new release time if at all possible.

If anyone thinks I would have better luck with another distrobution I
would love to hear recommendations outside of Ubuntu (I’m just plain old
'buntu’ed out.)


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If you dislike installing a new version you might want to try a
distribution which has support for a longer period of time, like SLED.

Also don’t forget, you’re not forced to upgrade when there is a new
version out, openSUSE 10.3 is still supported afaik. So if you were to
install 11.1 you wouldn’t -have- to upgrade any time too soon.

openSUSE does offer an upgrade option, the successrate of a ‘fresh’
install maintaining the home folder seems to have a higher success rate

As for sluggish… I think that’s an issue of the past, as the NVIDIA
drivers were rather slow before… but all desktops environments
including KDE4 are fast to respond now.

‘Special effects’ ( ← KDE 4.2 Showing off
More KDE → ’ PINK KDE’ (
‘HQ Pink KDE’ (

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You might look into Virtualbox. I use MS Access a bit at work and I need
it on my home computer for those times I bring work home. I also keep
Photoshop CS3 on there as well. There’s no reason not to use those
applications if that is what you need to be productive.

As for openSuse 11.1…I run it. It does have a few bugs but none are
showstoppers. I highly recommend it. I have been more productive with
openSuse than I ever have been with Windows.


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> 11.1 is a bit buggy to be considered production worthy?

If you need “production worthy” stability Novell/SUSE has two choices:

SUSE Enterprise Level Desktop (SLED)
SUSE Engerprise Level Server (SLES)

if, however, you wanna take some RISK your “production environment”
might die with the next update, you can go with openSUSE 10.3 with

however, you canNOT use any openSUSE 11.x variation with any
confidence that it is commercial/production ready software…it is
kinda like Vista in that regard…

YMMV (others may have a different opinion–pick the one with the risk
your production can accept)

I appreciate all the feedback. It’s cleared some things up for me.
For now I’m still exploring other options and keeping opensuse in heavy
I’ve decided the best option for me would be a Linux based desktop with
a virtual xp system running inside. I gave Virtualbox a run today and
was really impressed with it’s performance with an XP guest. VMware
server was alright, but the web interface put me off a bit.

The part that am having trouble with is finding a distribution that I
am attracted do that isn’t a test bed for enterprise level retail
solutions. I gave Debain a go as well, but got nothing but snippy
remarks for trying to do something outside of the free software
provided. Ubuntu…well Ubuntu just seems to be turning into a big mess
in the last few releases.
While I’ve been reading and asking questions I’ve noticed that Linux
seems to be marketed as a stable solution yet I get told over and over
again how “distro-x y and z” aren’t meant to be used as a stable working
environment and that there are bugs/issues/new software are still in
need of heavy development to be production worthy. I suppose this is
correct when considering that I would be using two environments on one
computer and that my work would in fact be on that system. It’s funny in
an odd way but the only reply that I’ve gotten where stability was
evangelized with the suggestion as a solution was…Slackware. Yes,
Slackware of all things. I have experience with Slackware in the 8.x and
9.x days but wow, I never thought I would be going around full circle

Anyways, thank you everyone for your input and suggestions. I will look
more into opensuse in the near future and actually hope to find it to be
the solution I have been looking for. Visually I find it quite

Thanks everyone for the help and suggestions! lol!


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factotum218 wrote:
> Performance wise, will opensuse excel in comparison to Vista or is what
> I have read partially true in that 11.1 is a bit buggy to be considered
> production worthy?

Do you like KDE or gnome (or other)? I tried 11.1 with KDE 4 and was
thoroughly unimpressed. I found it to be buggy and counterintuitive to
everything I know about KDE. OK, there’s a learning curve. I can live
w/that, but the bugs were pretty gnarly and it looked like they were
going to be fixed in the next release, but not backported.

I reinstalled w/KDE 3.5 and it is much better. It seems a bit sluggish,
but it’s not on my regular machine, so I’m not sure how much of that is
due to 11.1 and how much is the particular machine. I expect gnome
would be fine as well, but can’t speak from experience there.

On anohter note, FWIW, there are non-free Debian repositories, so you
should be able to run it w/o too many issues. Might have to pick your
support forums carefully though! <g>



Kevin Miller
Juneau, Alaska
Registered Linux User No: 307357,