"As in previous SUSE releases, OpenSUSE 11.1 seems to err on the
side of complexity (or bloat, depending on your point of view) when
it comes to packing in its desktop-focused features. For instance,
my OpenSUSE installation gave me more configuration options for
setting up my display settings than I'm accustomed to seeing from
Red Hat or Ubuntu releases, but I had to use a combination of two
separate, partially overlapping display settings tools to arrive at
my desired setup.
"In any case, OpenSUSE 11.1 is an excellent general-purpose
Linux distribution that's more focused on providing a friendly
end-user experience than is the more leading-edge oriented Fedora.
Although I still prefer the complete community support, software
availability and system administration package that Ubuntu Linux
offers, OpenSUSE 11.1 is a very compelling desktop option in its
own right, and certainly worthy of consideration.
"OpenSUSE 11.1 comes in versions for x86, AMD64 and PowerPC
systems, and can be freely downloaded here. What's more, the x86
and AMD64 flavors of the distribution are also available in a $60
boxed retail version that comes with 90-day installation support,
physical media and a printed "Getting Started" guide.