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Re: [opensuse] Looking for a change.
On 2014-03-29 19:40 (GMT-0500) c. marlow composed:

I am currently running Kubuntu 12.04 since nov, I am kind of looking for a
change from the Buntus. Been running something buntu ( meaning xubuntu,
kubuntu,) for a couple years now. I just feel like I am ready to try to learn
something a bit harder.

I don't think you'll find either Fedora or openSUSE harder, only different, and not really by a whole lot unless you like to spend your time under the covers tinkering.

But I have one friend telling me SUSE and I am wanting to try Fedora. is one
easier than the other to learn coming from the buntus?

You asked in your Fedora list thread whether you should use KDE or XFCE. That depends upon your satisfaction with KDE. If high, there's little reason to change. OTOH, there's little reason not to add the other, whether to *buntu, Fedora or openSUSE, and have a choice between familiar and something new.

If you are an entirely GUI user, then you should see few material differences among Kubuntu KDE, Fedora KDE, and openSUSE KDE. The most visible three will be the login manager lightdm in Fedora vs. KDM in openSUSE, the theming, and the package management system.

Under the cover of GUI, Fedora & openSUSE do not differ a lot, being RPM distros. The cmdline Fedora package manager is Yum, far more mature and carrying more baggage than openSUSE's much younger Zypper. Both have little resemblance to Apt-get or Aptitude. Kubuntu is a Debian, which has some significant differences from RPM distros that may or may not matter to you at all, and may not even notice.

One significant difference among the three is that openSUSE has YaST, which is a comprehensive system configurator that is also the system installer. YaST offers detailed customization not only after installation, but during installation initialization. YaST works the same whether installing or after. Fedora's installer is very limited in choices offered, and for some people inexplicably difficult to figure out how to get through unless accepting all defaults.

If you are going to choose only between Fedora and openSUSE as your next to add to your existing system, be aware that Fedora's standard installer offers a grand total of two bootloader "installation" options: 1-usurping whatever is on your MBR now with its Grub2, which would be manageable only via Fedora, and, 2-install no bootloader at all. If you're generally familiar with bootloader configuration and installation, the latter is no problem at all, and what I *always* choose when installing Fedora.

OTOH, YaST offers 5-6 choices of bootloader, defaulting to Grub2, but also offers more choices of where to install than most people know what to do with.

As mentioned elsewhere, if you have the space and the hardware capability, a VM is a good way to take a looksee of any unfamiliar distro, but even better for probably most people is to just burn and boot as many live images as it takes to figure out which you might like best.

Neither live nor VM is my way. I multiboot both as to PC quantity, and as to installed OS per PC. I have more openSUSE installations than all other operating systems combined by a factor of 2 at least, most of which are about pre-release software testing. For Fedora that means Rawhide, for openSUSE Factory, and for Mageia Cauldron, among others.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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