openSUSE 12.2 Review | LAS | s23e06

openSUSE 12.2 Review | LAS | s23e06

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openSUSE 12.2 is one of the most integrated and well done KDE experiences I’ve used. The team’s guiding rule of stability and maturity in packages where appropriate, and cutting edge where needed, balanced by their 8 month release cycle could be a model for other distros to look at.

openSUSE does feel a bit weighed down by some legacy, with some tasks seeming overly complex (even if just in appearance or UI function). YaST could once be defined as the definitive tool to use for any type of system change, from your X11 resolution to package updates. But today more and more functionality is leaving YaST as the desktops start to integrate these tools.

This leaves a powerhouse of a tool less and less functional.

openSUSE 12.2 looks like a race car, and drives like a race car. But when you open the hood, you discover it’s sitting on top of a semi truck engine with all the good and bad.

The result is a bit of a mixed message, I don’t see openSUSE as a strong contender in the server rack (when up against RHEL, SLES, and Ubuntu LTS) and it’s loaded with desktop goodies. And while I think they’ve got a great desktop, it feels like it could still use a bit more attention and focus to really make it a standout experience. I think the openSUSE team has the talent to pull it off, but I think the question is if they want to.


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