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12.07.07

Quick Mention: The Other Side of OpenSUSE 10.3

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, OpenSUSE at 9:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mea Cupla

The digest which was posted half an hour ago to cover OpenSUSE news did not contain negative reviews of OpenSUSE 10.3. However, as indicated therein, DistroWatch Weekly did not give OpenSUSE brilliant marks either. For what it’s worth, here are some of the less flattering new bits about OpenSUSE 10.3:

1. The Inevitable Annoying Quirks (OpenSUSE 10.3)

After a few days of having used OpenSUSE 10.3, the Inevitable Annoying Quirks have reared their ugly heads and bitten me. Here goes.

2. OpenSuse 10.3 for My Friend

OpenSuse 10.3 certainly has plenty of enhancements like its more polished theme, faster boot time speed, and improved responsiveness. However, I think it fell a bit short on hardware support. In my friend’s computer, it worked like a charm. But in mine, its performance is very frustrating. The installation should also be improved, as not everyone has patience like mine.

OpenSuse still has enough room for improvement. I just hope that they will capitalize on their 10.3 achievements and learn from its blunder for their next major release, because definitely, I will give it another chance.

No operating system is perfect. Denying the flaws won’t make them magically disappear, either. Consider this a self-balancing post? I hate doing this, but this type of FUD against an open-source project seems unavoidable. It’s rarely done. As for Linpsire, Freespire, Xandros, and Turbolinux, they rarely get a mentioned anywhere.

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2 Comments

  1. lalala said,

    December 8, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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    Distrowatch finds fault with anything that is not ubuntu. And don’t even lie about hating anything you do on this site, we know you don’t mean it.

    How can you post so much to so many sites and still have time for “school”?

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 8, 2007 at 6:41 pm

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    Distrowatch finds fault with anything that is not ubuntu. And don’t even lie about hating anything you do on this site, we know you don’t mean it.

    In case you did not know, I used to have SuSE installed at home and at work. SuSE was my one and only partition in each PC and I provided technical help to those who sought it in the mailing lists and newsgroups (I’m still subscribed). This has changed after the deal, so when I say that I fell bad about (not regret) criticising OpenSUSE, that is why.

    How can you post so much to so many sites and still have time for “school”?

    It’s not school, I’ve worked along with the head of the Computer Science Department in one of the major universities in the UK. I pretty much finished the experimental work on my Ph.D. when I was 23. At 24 I finished complete draft of my thesis and it was handed in quite a while ago, which leaves me with more free time than before.

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