The Linux users of today are divided into three categories: Debian (Ubuntu), Fedora and Arch Linux. openSUSE is a bit different than those distributions. Keep in mind that there isn’t a better or a worse distribution, not in an absolute sense. A distribution is categorised as better or worse based on our personal expectations and usage of a certain computer.
For example, a network administrator will always consider Kali Linux (Debian-based Linux distribution aimed at advanced Penetration Testing and Security Auditing) to be better than SteamOS (Valve’s specialised gaming operating system based on Linux). However, a gamer will think exactly the opposite.
Here are five reasons why a common user should give openSUSE a try.
1. Community is important
openSUSE is a community driven project. Many users running other Linux distros complain about new and unsolicited features but that’s not the case with openSUSE. With this distro, the developers always listen to the community and their users get what they ask for because their opinion is really listened to.
openSUSE is one of the most stable and absolutely functional Linux distribution. It’s one of the few, if not the only, Linux distribution on which you can install every desktop environment available in circulation and still have a fast, functional system.
3. Easy to install software
There are a lot of package managers in the Linux world (apt-get for Debian, DNF for Fedora, etc). openSUSE provides a portal where you can search for applications and click “Direct Install”.
YaST is probably the best and most complete tool to configure and control your system. You can use YaST to install software, configure hardware, set up networks and servers, and more.
5. Great user experience
openSUSE has one of the most active and well-trained team from the Linux development scene. They are driven by an extensive knowledge of the Linux kernel and great hardware support. A good hardware support provides a good out-of-the-box experience.
openSUSE: Leap or Tumbleweed?
openSUSE is available in two forms:
Leap receives updates every 8 months, and, to date, is updated to version 42.1. It provides the best user experience and focuses on stability. Great for any use (home, office, multimedia, etc).
Tumbleweed is a pure rolling release version of openSUSE containing the latest stable versions of all software instead of relying on rigid periodic release cycles. The project does this for users that want the newest stable software.
Tumbleweed is based on Factory, openSUSE’s main development codebase. Tumbleweed is updated once Factory’s bleeding edge software has been integrated, stabilized and tested. Tumbleweed contains the latest stable applications and is ready and reliable for daily use.