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Re: [opensuse] New to desktop usage of Linux, is OpenSuSE the right distro for this use-case?
John Andersen schreef op 31-12-2015 1:38:
On 12/30/2015 02:41 PM, Doug wrote:

On 12/30/2015 04:15 AM, Thierry de Coulon wrote:
On Wednesday 30 December 2015 09.44:43 cagsm wrote:
I recently tried Leap for a desktop machine, but e.g. Firefox would
not play most web video sites, e.g. youtube or similar, sites telling
me my setup was not supported, lacked codecs and stuff. I wonder if
OpenSuSE has some copyright or licensing problems of to offer the
codecs? Or is there a simple way to add all the missing stuff that
maybe OpenSuSE cannot provide due ot legal reasons via other means?

What other stuff am I missing with OpenSuSE as to-be desktop user?
Maybe I should stick with Windows or Mac?
Thank you in advance for giving a basic run-down for a Linux desktop noob.


If you know about Packman you probably know the answer is "Yes" to most of
your questions.

There are (where?) distribution better suited to people who want to overcome
standard FOSS limits. Sabayon is one that comes to my memory.
Not certain, but I think Mint is one. And since it is derived from Ubuntu,
there is plenty of support.

If attaching one more repository is going to be THAT burdensome that you would
spend 5 days moving to a new distro, then I suggest you won't be happy after the
move either.

There might be other reasons to move, but that isn't one of them.


Adding the repository is easy enough with Yast. One of OpenSUSE's strengths is definitely its rich repository offering.

Perhaps that is due to the Build Service?

Ubuntu is a clean, well composed distribution but there is not much third-party work going on. Getting NetworkManager 1.x on OpenSUSE is easy; on Ubuntu it is rather impossible unless you compile yourself.

That is, when a program like that (for example, this one) is not offered by default. This is because there are really not many PPAs that are of any worth.

The main difference from a software point of view is mainly that OpenSUSE has much more software to offer. There are many useful third party repos. Installing "extra" software is easy with the one-click system. So OpenSUSE is a bit more anarchist. Less polished perhaps, but there is a little more respect for the individual who wants something else.

OpenSUSE's tools, such as that "zypper", are, for example, from my point of view, also better geared and more designed around a "multiple respository" architecture. It feels more rich to me, even if I like Zypper less.

Further, as I've said to you in private, I don't think you will find much of a real Ubuntu 'community'. Sure there is the forums but it feels like "wannabe hippies" who gather because someone else has organized the gathering.

In OpenSUSE it is more a gathering of real people. That is at least how it feels or seems to me. I guess you can base your choices on a bit of this info, if you like.

Not saying I like OpenSUSE better or worse. It is just about what you need at which point. For me and my 'development needs' it 'works' to try various distros and then pick the best after.

It also helps to be less inclined to think or consider that Linux has to be your main system. If you don't put such a requirement to it, perhaps it becomes more useful to you (with less drawbacks).

In the end I can understand the question.

For you (Thierry) the real first question is: how to get a problem free existence. I would suggest Ubuntu (or Mint) is better suited to that. If you feel installing Mint or Ubuntu is going to give you a good experience, by all means do that. If you get fed up, you can always come back. I wouldn't suggest or think to hope for you that you have to decide in a day and stick to that forever.

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