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    Phoronix: openSUSE 11.3 Pulls In New Kernel & More

    A new snapshot of openSUSE 11.3 is available, which now puts it at Milestone 7, and means that the first release candidate is near. However, while the release of openSUSE 11.3 is approaching in July, it continues to add in new packages and support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODI4OQ

  • #2
    Is there anyone outside Novell actually using this distro nowadays? Sometimes I wonder why they keep bothering.

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    • #3
      This is what we get at work for regular desktop usage if you ask for Linux. As I understand it, it's just down to the personal preferences of our IT dude. I can't say I'm dissatisfied with it.

      (I don't work at Novell)

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      • #4
        What's wrong with OpenSuse? Aside from the philosophical stuff, the distro itself is pretty solid. Sure, it's not that bleeding edge and therefore "boring", but it's stable and with some nice features.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
          Is there anyone outside Novell actually using this distro nowadays?
          People that want a highly integrated KDE distro.

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          • #6
            OpenSuse is indeed boring, not because it's not bleeding-edge, but because they do nothing new. They only pack packages together, test a lot and release. And that's it.

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            • #7
              unfortunately all my research computers are running opensuse. I hate it with such a passion. nothing against novel. i just don't like yum.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by xir_ View Post
                unfortunately all my research computers are running opensuse. I hate it with such a passion. nothing against novel. i just don't like yum.
                openSuse use zypper not yum. You must be using Fedora

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Peterson Spaceport View Post
                  OpenSuse is indeed boring, not because it's not bleeding-edge, but because they do nothing new. They only pack packages together, test a lot and release. And that's it.
                  Nice trolling but several studies over the years show Novell developers are in the top three of contributors to the kernel (see eg Table 9 of the pdf linked in this linux-magazine article http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online...Writing-Linux/ ).

                  Also I believe they have the highest number of paid developers for KDE of any distro, and in imho produce the most polished packages (as well as access to bleeding-edge and legacy repositorues).

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                  • #10
                    SuSE has never been a bleeding edge distribution, its market was always servers and polished/dependable desktops.

                    My university used to run SuSE for a long time for this reason. Then they switched to Ubuntu. It's not bad, but it's less dependable than SuSE was in my experience, and the KDE on Ubuntu is obviously total rubbish.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bugmenot2 View Post
                      Nice trolling but several studies over the years show Novell developers are in the top three of contributors to the kernel (see eg Table 9 of the pdf linked in this linux-magazine article http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online...Writing-Linux/ ).

                      Also I believe they have the highest number of paid developers for KDE of any distro, and in imho produce the most polished packages (as well as access to bleeding-edge and legacy repositorues).
                      and don't forget the build service, its brilliant and not only for opensuse

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BlackStar View Post
                        Is there anyone outside Novell actually using this distro nowadays? Sometimes I wonder why they keep bothering.
                        Unlike Ubuntu and Fedora, openSUSE actually works and is not some experimental beta test.

                        openSUSE is the best choice if you want a stable OS base and new end-user applications.


                        Originally posted by xir_ View Post
                        unfortunately all my research computers are running opensuse. I hate it with such a passion. nothing against novel. i just don't like yum.
                        LOL. Epic fail.
                        Go away and don't return which distro you actually use. openSUSE with zypper or Fedora/CentOS/RHEL with yum.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Melcar View Post
                          What's wrong with OpenSuse? Aside from the philosophical stuff, the distro itself is pretty solid. Sure, it's not that bleeding edge and therefore "boring", but it's stable and with some nice features.
                          This. Its not my preferred distro but its solid and has good system management features with yast. Its popular in schools and business. All of my college computers dual boot suse with windows.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Xilanaz View Post
                            and don't forget the build service, its brilliant and not only for opensuse
                            Don't forget SUSEStudio and openFate. They were also the ones that started the compositing revolution on the linux desktop (Compiz/XGL), YaST has already been mentioned, zypper, as well as many other contributions to key linux packages. They also have specific kernels tuned for the desktop role, support upgrade packages such as newer versions of Gnome and KDE, of course kernel contributions, IRC training sessions, kiwi, and many more. Anybody that says " because they do nothing new. They only pack packages together, test a lot and release." clearly has their head stuck in the sand.

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                            • #15
                              PS the full patchset for the Phenom X6's which allows Turbomode has also been integrated into their 2.6.34 kernel (this really should have been pulled into the official 2.6.34 tree but didn't make it). It's not limited to the one liner patch that allows minimal function that is found in the vanilla.

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