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SUSE Got Worse Over Time

Posted in Novell, OpenSUSE, SLES/SLED at 3:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

From leader to loser in 5 years?

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Summary: Why SUSE should be avoided, not just for helping Microsoft but also for technical reasons

FIVE years ago SUSE could almost be viewed as a victim of Novell’s decisions. But a few months ago SUSE sold out not via Novell and this is when we called for a boycott of SUSE and not Novell (which no longer existed per se).

Now that the Weekly News posts seem quite vacant (compared to years ago) we are left just seeing some OpenSUSE posts like impressions and various reviews. The score for OpenSUSE is not so high, so it is clearly not a leader. It arguably was the leader before Microsoft turned it into a ‘Microsoft Linux’. As one review summarised it: “I would say that it’s still a good distribution, but it’s not quite as awesome as version 11.4, so I would recommend it, but not as much as version 11.4.”

So it is arguably getting worse. People who speak about DistroWatch rankings for OpenSUSE conceal the fact that the recent release provides a temporary boost.

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  1. Michael said,

    November 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm


    LOL! “People who speak about DistroWatch rankings for OpenSUSE conceal the fact that the recent release provides a temporary boost.” Funny. You pretend to not respond to me but who else is this targeting?

    In any case, of course a recent release gives a boost to rankings. Nobody suggested otherwise… well, other than *you* who claimed that the new release was being pretty much ignored!

    But let us say it was not popular. You are tying an OSs popularity with its value to its users… which is a massive self-nuke against your position that desktop Linux, itself, is on par or better than the competition.

    Now you are tying popularity to value… which, if you are to be consistent, means you think desktop Linux is of almost no value.

    Just amazing.

  2. mcinsand said,

    November 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm


    The saddest thing about this is that the OpenSUSE camp just could not escape the taint of the Novell sponsor. They tried to reassure the users that they would remain truly open, but Novell’s sellout still put the distribution under a dark cloud. Given the choice between a distribution with a sponsor committed to rebuking patent deals veruss a traitor, where will the developers and users go? When I first woke up to make the switch, 7 years ago, SUSE and OpenSUSE were very highly respected, although I preferred Fedora. It’s interesting to look at those two sponsors. Redhat is growing and has a healthy balance sheet. Redhat told MS to take a hike, rather than endorse lies for a cheap cash infusion. By contrast, how is Novell doing?

    Michael Reply:

    Personally, I am for choice. I do not understand Roy’s anti-choice stance. What is he so afraid of?

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