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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I’ve used SUSE Linux before, but that was way back in the day of version 9. Things have changed a lot since then, both with OpenSUSE (the open source incarnation of Novell’s SUSE Linux) and in the open source community as a whole. I’ve been happily using Kubuntu 7.04 for a while now, but wanted to begin using SUSE on a daily basis so that I can test their emerging set of educational software. It looks promising and overall works on the current OpenSUSE release (version 10.2) as well as version 10.3 (still in alpha testing and happily being used on our main home computer by the kids). So away went Kubuntu last night and on went OpenSUSE (64-bit, version 10.2). I’ll be posting an image gallery of the install as soon as I steal the digital camera back from my wife, but overall, the install was completely painless.
My first impressions, having used the latest and greatest from Novell for a couple of blog posts, lots of email, scheduling for the school, and otherwise restoring all of my backups? I definitely dig it…However, I think Dell was smart to use Ubuntu on their first round of consumer Linux machines. I would go so far as to call myself a Linux power user at this point. No guru, but I’m certainly to the point where I’m at least as productive, speedy, and savvy here as I was in Windows. For me, SUSE definitely seems to be a step up in terms of “Linuxness.” It’s a bit less Windows-like and requires a bit better understanding of permissions, groups, etc. For a real beginner or for an administrator looking for an easy transition from Windows/Mac for students and staff, the ‘buntus have a lot to offer.