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Is SUSE the Windows of the Linux World? (Updated)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Humour, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED, Windows at 6:59 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The following blog item about package management pains in Novell’s new operating system comes up with the following statement about SUSE’s installation.

This reminded me of another six years old desktop OS, which does a reboot during install — Windows XP. However, that’s a six or seven years old OS.

This brings back memories (click to view the image).

SUSE Genuine Advantage

Thanks, Shane

Update: another SUSE rant from the press (just published)… openSUSE 10.3: one step forward, two steps back.

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  1. Bill Beebe said,

    October 8, 2007 at 8:24 pm


    You’ve l linked to my Suse posts in the past, but I thought I’d come by and let you know I’ve finally flushed openSUSE off my home systems. I won’t belabor the points why. You can go to the link below and read, backwards, as I ran into problems and then made the decision to switch to Ubuntu 7.10. But I ran into the same problems as outlined in “Why SUSE Why?” Why, indeed.

    Blog link: http://blogbeebe.blogspot.com/search/label/Suse

    For the time being I’ve got Ubuntu 7.10 on my home systems while my two notebooks still have openSUSE 10.2. When Ubuntu 7.10 final is released then I’ll see about switching the notebooks over as well.

  2. Zaine Ridling said,

    October 8, 2007 at 9:40 pm


    This is an apt comparison. I’m not averse to recommending that hardcore Win fans check out SLED 10′s UI (not OpenSUSE’s), as they can see how easy a transition GNU/Linux could be.

    Then I remind them to take that crap off and install a true Linux distro.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 8, 2007 at 9:47 pm


    SuSE could have been and should have been a fine distribution, but now it carries a burden that must be thrown out of the Linux wagon. See the latest post.

    Key citations:

    - Software patents illegal and not valid in the UK where Ballmer gave the talk.

    - Microsoft knows it hasn’t valuable patents and maybe never counted them

    - Microsoft uses Novell as an excuse and ammunition once again. This should be enough of a reason to avoid SUSE, which is not that good anyway.

    If you don’t combat this Microsoft FUD, you’ll see your Linux subverted. If you don’t stand up for your rights, they’ll stand on you. And it’s not just Linux. It’s Free software in general. Without Free software, culture will be held hostage by a conspiracy of companies seeking more control over content and behavior.

  4. Andrew said,

    October 9, 2007 at 6:32 am


    Some people have had a lot of trouble with OpenSuse 10.3. Maybe they should take comfort in the fact that installing Solaris 10 on a PC is close to a sadistic experience, despite what the manual says. It’s strange that two old software companies (Sun and Novell) can’t provide users with a smooth installer.

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