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 stay.
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 fixing them.
Without going into detail, here are a few general areas of concern that I often hear and/or have personally noticed throughout many openSUSE releases:
1. Ugly font rendering 2. Automatic installation of extraneous/unrequested packages, especially after initial installation. 3. Crippled packages meant to prevent compatibility with proprietary multimedia formats. 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.