I've been an intermittent user of SuSE and openSUSE for well over a
decade, starting back in the 6.x days if I remember correctly. I've
always admired the project for its professionalism and broad scope. I
recently switched back to openSUSE thanks to the rolling Factory (now
Tumbleweed) announcement, and I also have 13.2 installed on other
machines. I'm really enjoying the experience, and this time, I'd like to
I really want to see openSUSE succeed, but unfortunately I tend to see
it dismissed by potential new users as "a nice distro, but..." followed
by certain annoyances or "paper-cut" issues. This week's openSUSE 13.2
review on Distrowatch is the most recent example of such comments. I
feel that openSUSE is fundamentally extremely well designed and
executed, but I have also noticed the same recurring "paper-cut" issues
year after year, release after release. So I'm wondering if anything
could be done about them, or if the developers have any interest in
Without going into detail, here are a few general areas of concern that
I often hear and/or have personally noticed throughout many openSUSE
1. Ugly font rendering
2. Automatic installation of extraneous/unrequested packages, especially
after initial installation.
3. Crippled packages meant to prevent compatibility with proprietary
4. Difficult to install multimedia and/or proprietary formats and drivers.
5. Breakage of YaST modules.
All of the above issues do have workarounds, and think it would be best
for this thread to not get into the technical details of these
aforementioned issues. But in general terms, these issues come up time
after time in reviews and forum posts about openSUSE. So my question is:
Would the openSUSE project be interested in working to resolve any or
all of these issues? And if so, where would be the best place for me to
bring up these issues and work with developers to make improvements?
Some of the issues are not related to any one specific package, but are
rather of a more systemic nature. In some cases legal/patent issues are
probably involved. (Again, let's please avoid legal discussions in this
thread.) Although I am not a coder or developer *at all*, I do have an
eye for detail and polish, and I have a good idea of what typical users
expect out of a Linux distro on the desktop. I'd like to help to
identify and test solutions to these papercuts if any developers are
willing to look into some of these long-standing issues with a fresh eye.
Any comments? Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.
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