Why do I use openSUSE?
I have come and gone from using Linux. Back in the days of Windows 95-98, I had almost completly switched over to linux, XP kept me in the windows camp for a while as while it was not ideal, I didn’t want to mess too much with my computer (And all that data transfers in moving) finally, Vista came about, and the movement back to Linux recommenced. However, this does not answer “Why I use openSUSE”
I have tried a number of flavors. Slackware, which my brother uses, is a bit too technical for my tastes, and when I started to go back to linux, I looked strongly at a number of distros. Debian, ubuntu, SUSE, and Fedora. There are plenty of other ditros, but I wanted a “mainstream” distro that has a strong community. I looked over all of them, and slowly weeded them out.
Debian is great, non-profit, all open source. (And I might try it out as they have the new 5.0 out) however while I love open source software, I am not married to it. If a open-source software is equal to a commerical product, then by all means I am going to use the open source product, but in some cases, debian being zelots make a very pure, but not the best one. This is in no way belittling Debian, if I was to give a grant to any open source group, Debian would be it.
Then there is Fedora, which is not bad, but for no falt of its own, it didn’t WOW me.
so like many users, I came down to ubuntu and SUSE. Ubuntu is a nice product, a very slick product, and I might recommend it to some users. However, for me SUSE had a number of advantages.
It might be just how I use the desktop, but I prefer the KDE to GNOME. KDE suite of programs works better for me, and its setup is quite good. SUSE has a much better KDE then Kbuntu.
YAST - YAST is a wonderful tool, and is one of the biggest selling points of SUSE. one click installs are a great creature confort. I would use linux if there wasn’t a easy one click install, but the benfit of one click install is very nice. The other thing is if you need to look under the hood, you can, if you just want to put it on automatic, it will work, while other tools have a tendicy of installing stuff without going over what they are installing, or assuming your know a fair amount about the UNIX/LINUX background.
Fianlly, Green is cool.
Not saying I am wedded to SUSE, I may very well try out Debian sometime, but SUSE makes a well intergrated package that works. Thus, I chose SUSE.