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HealthCheck; openSUSE - then and now

Apr 17, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"openSUSE 11.1, the latest community edition of Novell SUSE Linux, was released just in time for Christmas, to largely favourable reviews. openSUSE remains one of the market leaders, and features the latest and greatest stable releases of most of the important packages that make a classic GNU/Linux distribution, but it has had its troubles during recent years.

"There is no easy way to estimate the number of users of any particular distribution, as the software is freely available from download sites, magazine cover discs, OEMs, mirrors, and peer-to-peer sources. One indicator that is often used is the page hit ranking at DistroWatch, and this usually ranks openSUSE within the top two or three. Over the past year DistroWatch shows SUSE in second place with roughly 20 per cent fewer hits than Ubuntu.

"SUSE is one of the older Linux distributions, and traditionally one of the more inclusive. Where Ubuntu comes on a live CD, openSUSE fills a DVD, and comes with the option of an extra CD or two, reflecting the philosophy of the older SuSE Linux distributions that came on 40 floppies, or 6 CDs, and contained an endless array of options with an all-encompassing entreaty that implored you to "Have fun". Of course with today's faster internet links the lack of software on the distribution disc or discs is perhaps not so much of a drawback."

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