Apps & Apps
openSUSE offer apps via its main repositories, community repositories and through 3rd party repositories. Once you enable the pacman repo you get access to thousands of packages out there. Then you have software.opensuse.org which allows you to easily search and install packages with one click. Every software that’s available for Linux is available for openSUSE so there is no dearth of applications.
openSUSE 13.1 has great support for hardware, everything that I have worked out of the box.
Best Linux experience
openSUSE offers, in my opinion, the best Linux experience – every piece of it works very well with other pieces. With openSUSE you get the feel of running one OS and not some disjointed pieces put together an as OS.
I have couple of desktop environments installed on my system and no matter which environments I am in if I fire up any openSUSE tool it will open it using the appropriate tool kit so I get a consistent experience.
There are several things that leaves me desiring for more in openSUSE 13.1. While it’s extremely easy to install 3rd party apps via software.opensuse.org, there is a need of a desktop tool integrated with YaST which allows me to search and add packages without having to open the web browser. There used to be a command like tool cnf which enabled one to search and install packages from OBS but its defunct. There are plans for Ubuntu Software Center for openSUSE along with a tool written by KDE folks, but none are there yet. However if you are using Gnome then it’s Software center, simply called Software, can search and install packages from official repos (still not all of OBS). Being an Arch user I crave for Yourt or Packar for openSUSE.
So what conclusion do I drive after using openSUSE 13.1? Before concluding, I would like to point out some reasons why have I chosen openSUSE over the one that I had been using since 2005?
- openSUSE is more and more community driven project.
- It’s a distribution for grown-up who want some serious work to be done.
- It’s extremely polished and offers a consistent experience across the OS.
- Extremely user friendly – no need to fire up the terminal.
- It’s being built by the same people who are writing Linux kernel and developing core open source technologies – so it just feel good.
- It’s extremely secure and respects user’s privacy. It chooses security by design instead of privacy invasion by default.
- It offers great integration with different desktop environments so it doesn’t matter if you use KDE or GNOME or Xfce you will be treated as a first class citizen.
- Total control over your system via YaST, at the same time total customization of the OS.
- A very friendly developer community which minds it’s own business instead of mudslinging.
So the conclusion I draw is that openSUSE is a great operating system for those users who want the work to be done. It’s a perfect OS for those who want their privacy to be respected. It’s a very user-friendly operating system for those who wants to migrate from Windows. In a nutshell, it’s a modern GnuLinux OS which will take care of your computing needs. The icing on the cake is that openSUSE 13.1 will be supported for three years under Evergreen initiative so if you want stability with an enterprise grade OS, you know which one it is.
So if you have not tried openSUSE yet, what are you waiting for. The download button is here:
Special thanks to new openSUSE user Chad McCullough for peer-reviewing this review.