Richard Creighton wrote:
Sid Boyce wrote:
http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/opensuse10.3.review.html Mentions of "for the uninitiated" sounds about right. To sidestep any problems with the DVD, I've installed from Factory. Looks like the DVD should have been delayed until it was compared with Factory for stability. I think the reviewer attempted to be fair (he points to the URL to show where he is coming from). Perhaps some pertinent pointers for 11.0. Regards Sid.
http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/opensuse10.3.review.html should be MUST READING for management at Novell and at openSuSE.org. It is eminently fair and for the most part, accurate. I think any inaccuracies could be attributable to unfamiliarity rather than bias. If this reviewer hadn't been what I would call a 'Power-user', and had instead been someone converting from Windows, not only would they probably not have had a successful install, but would have an article that Microsoft would probably have printed in full page ads throughout the world. As it is, it should wake up Senior Management in SuSE.
Some of the problems, like the X resolution mis-match, are just plain unacceptable. I immediately became leery of RedHat when they went to their current business-model: "We're going to focus our support on 'Enterprise' installations, which we will sell at over $1000/DVD, and a "desktop" distro to connect to them....and then the distro that MOST of you want ... that is, light-server capabilities (a webserver app or two, a couple database engines, etc in the distro) -- we're going to just punt support for that to the userbase and call it 'Fedora'"
Not only did I quit buying from RedHat -- I quit USING RedHat, too. I see that Novell's decision to imitate RedHat is causing my worst fears to be realized with the SuSE distro -- the one distro that I want...which I'm willing to pay around $100 US for... is not getting supported properly, and it's sounding like, even for the cost of burning a download, the value-proposition is somewhat iffy.
This is totally sad. I've been a die-hard SuSE fan since the 6.x days, and I've forked over probably $400 over the years for the various incarnations which are now the "opensuse" distribution.
And to tell you the truth, I would much rather CONTINUE to pay $80 to $100 every year for a DVD which I know is well-supported and has basic sanity checking done by someone who is GETTING PAID TO MAKE SURE THE BASICS ARE RIGHT than to download something that was only checked in a half-assed sort of way because NOBODY is geting paid to make sure that even the basic installation process is doing EVERYTHING that it's supposed to do -- such as making sure that the X-server resolution matches the desktop resolution.
There's a certain point where volounteerism doesn't quite get the job done because dotting the i's and crossing the t's on certain parts just isn't as "interesting" and exciting as adding more features.
If SuSE wants to have a "loss leader" distribution, it should be a 'desktop' distro (which used to sell for $20 to $40 less than the "professional" distro), not the one which an overwhelming percentage of SuSE users are both able AND willing to fork over cold hard cash.