"There was always something endearing about SuSE Linux.
Maybe it was the artless lizard (or is it a chameleon?) that is the
SuSE logo, mascot, and general good luck charm that goes by name of
‘Geeko’, earnest and likeable with a kink in its tail,
but definitely not slick. SuSE was always more businesslike and
thorough than stylish in its choices, although this gave it a
distinctive style of its own, unadorned and utilitarian, like the
Lloyds building, where all the mechanical parts, pipes, lifts and
escalators are visible on the outside wall.
"Maybe it was that, even in the latter years of its
independence, even a minimum install of a home version of SuSE
Linux always entailed crouching over your CD-ROM drive waiting to
eject and load an endless succession of CDs, as if the SuSE
engineers were nostalgic for the good old days when a Linux
installation came on a large pile of floppies. And however bare and
tidy you thought your desktop was, one of those disks had always
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