Hello! I thought I might introduce myself, since I will probably be visiting these forums very very often since I am a newcomer to linux. I was using windows for 15+ years, then last year I moved to ubuntu. After a while I couldn’t take it anymore and moved (after alot of research) to OpenSUSE. So far very satisfied with it, and that’s putting it mildly! When compared to ubuntu and the amount of issues I had with it, OpenSUSE works like a charm, really impressed!
Glad to hear you like it!
And, welcome aboard.
Seems much better then ubuntu, not trying to flame or anything, but so far I had 0 issues with it. Wish I could say the same for canonicals linux. First I had trouble installing, and had to go through great lengths just to adjust the installer and disable ubiquity. Then the open source drivers didn’t work and kept my system unstable. Then I tried proprietary drivers with the same result. After alot of trouble I managed to configure it but then I had a memory leak. After that I couldnt get the dash to work properly. I was quite dissapointed by that point.
I think it occasionally good to get an “Impressed with openSUSE thread” as we also get our share of posts of those who struggle with openSUSE. Often the dissatisfied are the distro-hoppers who try out openSUSE and they have no clue as to how to setup the multimedia (which is actually fairly easy once one knows how) and then they go into a rant. In fact, the distro-hoppers often never stick with any distribution long enough to learn many detail/work arounds.
I’m quite happy with 13.2, and for MY hardware, thus far its been the best GNU/Linux release that I have used since moving to GNU/Linux in 1998 (and since moving to SuSE-Pro and then openSUSE starting in 2001).
It reads like you stuck with Ubuntu for about a year or more, and I think that duration good. I’m of a firm biased view, that one is better served to stick with one distribution that works reasonably (albeit not perfectly) where that distribution has a good support community. Over time, if one is polite and even on occasion contributes, I find one gets superior support and quirks/problems that one encounters, means one may get help quicker, and even sometimes get bugs fixed quicker once the packagers and developers get to know one.
I noted in another thread, I’ve been with openSUSE so long, and ‘virtually’ met so many good people who also use openSUSE and have been doing so for some time, that it would be very difficult for me to leave.
… and before I forget - WELCOME to openSUSE and WELCOME to our volunteer membership Forum.
Hey there! Thanks for your reply! Yeah, I stuck with ubuntu for quite some time even through the bad times, until it wasn't tolerable any longer. It's a fine distribution, especially for newcomers like me, it taught me some useful things about linux and it's mostly noob-friendly. If I jumped right to SUSE, I'd probably have some issues understanding some things even though they use a different desktop. The fact that I had tons of issues on ubuntu and 0 issues on openSUSE speaks for itself (0 issues in one week of using it, holding my fingers crossed). The last straw for me was when I found out after over a year of using ubuntu, that they track you if you search stuff through the dash, and since I am somewhat paranoid about my privacy, it was a no brainer. I am also using 13.2.
Also, thanks a lot for warm welcome, I am looking forward to being a part of this great community and kickass distro!
Oh, quite certainly, I agree with that. Rapid-fire distro-hopping can only create chaos, disillusionment, and massive headaches!
That would really irritate me also. I place a fairly high importance to my freedom and I don’t have the faith that future recipients of such information will put it to benign use.
But that gets into the political arena which is a not a topic allowed on our forum and not a topic any of our moderators (including myself) nor admins will allow on this forum - so I will drop the comment on that Ubuntu characteristic here and ask other members do the same.
Whats more important for this forum is things are going reasonably well for you thus far in openSUSE. Fortunately they are also going well for me.
Oh I apologize, I didn’t realize that’s forbidden, since this is a chit-chat forum, although to be honest, I did skim through faq. Also glad there’s more people like me that value privacy, nice to know you’re not alone.