"Over the years, I've had a love-hate relationship with
the SUSE distribution. During its life as SUSE Linux Professional,
it was an incredibly polished commercial distribution with a huge
amount of built-in software. In many ways, it was the ultimate
Linux for those of us who swore by it for its stability and ease of
use. When it migrated to an Open Source community project, I had a
lot of hope that it would become immensely popular and take its
place as the #1 free end-user Linux distribution with a stable
"But this was not to happen -- Canonical's Ubuntu, who got
extremely organized and banded together thousands of developers,
managed to get their act together first, and the rest is history.
openSUSE became relegated to the power users and developers, for
people who wanted the "Cadillac" or the "Mercedes" with all the
latest, deluxe, cutting edge features, but didn't necessarily want
to be babied or have everything handed to them."