Contemplating OpenSUSE 11
Posted on 21 Jun ’08 by Earl Moore
Confession: I haven’t always been a Mac user and I still sometimes stray from the path.
I’ve an older Intel P4 PC (one I built years ago) that I keep around for various purposes. For one, I believe Linux has promise and occasionally I like to install some of the newer releases and take them for a spend. This PC is my testbed for that purpose.
Windows XP and Fedora 9 are currently installed and for a period I had OpenSUSE 10 installed as well. Most of the major Linux released have been on this PC at one time or the other as I’ve cycled through them.
In my experimenting with Linux I’ve found that in general I prefer the KDE desktop over the GNOME one. I not sure why, but for me I find KDE to be more pleasing.
I recently read ArsTechnica’s first look at the newly released OpenSUSE 11 that stated it offers the best KDE 4 experience.
OpenSUSE 11 ships with KDE 4.0.4, which is acceptably stable. It’s not quite ready yet for all KDE users, but it’s far more complete and robust than the original KDE 4.0 release.
I’m tempted to install this newer version of OpenSUSE simply to experience the desktop. I migrated from OpenSUSE 10 to Fedora 8 some time ago and then went to Fedora 9 when it became available…could OpenSUSE 11 lure me back? Perhaps, but Fedora 9 has a lots going for it.
If you currently use a release of Linux I’d be interested to know which Linux Desktop you prefer and why?