"In the call for contenders, we asked not only which Linux
distribution was your favorite, but a note on why, with the hope
that readers new to Linux would learn a thing or two. You responded
in force. This was the most popular Hive Five to date, with over
800 votes and many helpful comments.
"While not quite as simple to install as some of the other
distributions on the list, openSUSE is quite user friendly. This
distribution includes YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) to make
installing applications a breeze. The user interface also gets a
boost from Slab, a polished Windows Vista-like start menu. openSUSE
puts an emphasis on hardware support and ease of use, making
typically troublesome tasks like setting up a multi-monitor system
less awkward. OpenSUSE is also part of the SMOLT driver
project—when you install it, you can opt in to participate in
a hardware survey to help continue the growth of Linux and foster
support for new hardware."
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