I can’t find a proper place to post my impression of OpenSUSE so I will post it here. Heck consider the things I say I have troubles with as requests for help.
BIG BEEF ! OpenSUSE will not run VboxGuestAdditions out of the box like it should!
***** CRAZY NOVEL !!!
Really though it seems the problem is the security model because Redhat will not let you install it ether. I am probably just stupid but hay most people are stupid so you have to make it easy to… “Get Online”, and “Install in Vbox” after that the user can take there time to learn the system
I have been using Linux for 2 years now. I started on Ubuntu for a year and the past year I have been LOVING :shake: Archlinux. I have played with a few other distro’s but nothing comes anywhere close to the Stability, Ease of use, and Configurability of Archlinux. So, keep that in mind. Novel would have to do some mind-blowing things to even make me even consider using any other distro. Don’t take it personalty.
Ok, so I was playing around and downloaded and install Windows Server 2008. Now, I hate windows but WOW. Server 2008 is really nice. The whole Server Management GUI and just the nice layout of the GUI management applications for the Windows Server are really nice. If the OS was not CRAZY S.l.o.w I would see Windows 2008 as a real threat to Linux Server market share. The big deal killer is that Windows Server 2008 is based on Windows i.e. It is Crazy slow, Crazy Insecure, Crazy unstable, and you have to Reboot (which takes 30min’s) every-time you do anything.
But the fact remains that the whole GU interface and Server Mangement Tools are really nice… At first, I am sure after a few weeks I’d find problems.
So, I thought what dose Redhat and Novel have to compete with the nice intuitive Windows GUI’s.
I installed Redhat, CentOS (which it turns out “IS” exactly like Redhat), and OpenSUSE.
Redhat… Boy, I really expected more. They made “Some” nice GUI’s but it all looked old and were kind of a pain in the ass. I could not see myself using these tools. So in the end Redhat Desktop and Server are the same thing because the Server tools are useless. I’d just do everything in the shell on Redhat.
Now OpenSUSE w/KDE I am really impressed. This is one distro I have never tried before. Novel has created a super nice Enterprise Distro. REALLY nice GUI Administration Tools. KDE helps a lot but even so Novel made vary nice tools. I love the default OpenSUSE Artwork. It looks vary good and professional out of the box. This is a big deal in a business environment. I am not going to install and setup nice themes for 30 laptops. That is a wast of time and time is money. On a home setup default artwork doesn’t matter so much. I love the Apparmor Tools. They are really nice. Ubuntu should have toughs sens Apparmor like “IS” the Ubuntu Security feature. I love the GUI for the user to set up there VNC “Server” super easy and opens the port on the firewall !!! This is way cool. I would like to point out more things but now X11 will not run because I tried to install VboxGuestAdditions… but you know what I am talking about. All thoughs little GUI tools make a world of difference between my Users getting aggravated or just checking the box “Open Firewall Port”. I love the GUI to manage the Services. I LOVE the RunLevel selection in this GUI ! This is way nice. All the secruety tools are setup really nice.
Some things I HATE about SUSE…
The package manager Is **** !!! I hate… Loath ANY installer that hides what it is doing. I click “install Updates” then “JUST LIKE **** WINDOWS!!!” it minimizes to the tray and then I have no **** idea what is going on. I have to watch my network traffic to get some idea if it is working or not. Even when working it is CRAZY M$ SLOW…
The layout of these forums is ****
I am sure the whole SElinux thing would drive me to drinking vary fast but hay that is what SU’SE’ is all about…
Other then the package-manager / updater being the worst thing ever invented. Nothing else really pissed me off to much.
So, if I was asked to set-up a Small to Enterprise business IT infrastructure. I would do it on SUSE. The users would love it. I would love it and the Owner would think, by looking at the vary good GUIS’s and Artwork, that SUSE Linux is a Vary High-end Enterprise IT platform.
Good Job Novel