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Reviewed: OpenSUSE 11.3

Aug 02, 2010, 13:37 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The recent series of OpenSUSE releases seems to have been oscillating between trying to deliver the finest up-to-date apps and providing the easiest, most intuitive experience for users. History tells us that it's hard to do both simultaneously, but this release might just have managed to pull it off. We reckon it's worth 9 out of 10 - but why?

"SUSE has always been a KDE kind of distro, but although they've stuck with it for the 4.x series, there's certainly a lot more Gnome love in the OpenSUSE camp these days. That doesn't extend to leaving it alone of course. The SUSE version of Gnome still uses a bottom panel and the 'slab' launcher, which makes it mimic KDE 4.x somewhat, but clearly at least an equal amount of effort has been made to make it not feel like a second-choice option.

"Staying on the subject of the desktop, LXDE now wallows in the happy mudpools of official support, which is of great comfort to those who prefer a more minimal desktop or who need to use more primitive hardware."

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