I have been using Ubuntu since the 'Ubuntu Breezy' edition. I have few friends how are OpenSuse users. I was kind of excited about the release of the OpenSuse-11.0 and then I thought that I should give it a try. I read a lot about this new openSuse release being the 'Ubuntu Killer'. You might think that I will have a biased opinion about it but to tell you the truth, I don't think that openSuse-11.0 is up to that level.
During the installation, I was a bit impressed with its new installation method, which was pretty similar to the Ubuntu's installation. If you are an Ubuntu user then I would suggest that you should stick with Ubuntu as its still way better than openSuse when it comes to user friendliness.
I will make a list of the things which I didn't like about it.
1. The smoothness of ubuntu is still lacking in opensuse-11.0
2. On my Dell Latitude D600, the visual effects were not running as smooth as ubuntu.
3. I would agree that they tried to make the interface look better and more user friendly but it still doesn't come close to Ubuntu.
4. I didn't find much online support for the new release of openSuse-11.0
5. The start-up/loading time was at least 10 to 15 seconds more than Ubuntu.
6. I checked the system monitor and the programs were running slower in openSuse.
Anyway, I should better stop here because I don't want to criticize it so much because the openSuse team has worked so hard towards this new release and it wouldn't be fair to them. I would say that if you are using Ubuntu and you just want to give openSuse-11.0 a try then go ahead and check it with the live CD, but I wouldn't advise you to install it as an operating system. Please leave a comment if you think I am wrong.
Well, as for me, I am back to Ubuntu and I am more than happy with it. This was my personal opinion and I hope this helps.
All the best!
I think few people got me wrong. Let me summarize it in a few words for you. I have used Ubuntu, Suse, Debian, Kubuntu, RedHat, Fedora... To be honest, I am just staying with Ubuntu, not because I am trying to be biased here but its just so darn better than other Linux OS regarding the usability/update/speed/Interface/online-help (very helpful) etc. I have worked as a Linux IT support person and I never got any complains about Ubuntu. Everyone was happ after I installed Ubuntu on their computer, and a lot of people just gave up on Suse and other OS and they found Ubuntu to be the most usable Linux OS.
Please don't try to pull my legs. I am just stating my opinion and I am just trying to save other Ubuntu users some time and effort.
If you think that openSuse-11.0 is the right thing for you then go ahead and use it. I do NOT have any problem with it and I am not trying to change your mind. I love Linux and I always will, in one form or another.
Thanks for the comments!
Monday, June 23, 2008