OpenSUSE 10.3 Test Drive

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The way the Linux world has been heating up this year, it was hard not to feel a pang of excitement over the release of the latest openSUSE. After all, this is one of the biggest distributions in the world, with a legacy of avid development and a major following both in Europe and the U.S. So, even after trying several of the pre-release builds, I was eager to get openSUSE 10.3 installed on my PC. Well, it’s been a couple of weeks now, and I’ve given it the old college try, but I just can’t maintain any enthusiasm for this lackluster distro update.

Just a year or so ago, I’d have probably been over the moon about openSUSE 10.3’s improved hardware support and (slightly) simplified installation. But in the wake of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, Fedora 7, and, now, Gutsy Gibbon, the bar has been raised and, in my experience, openSUSE simply doesn’t measure up to the competition.

OpenSUSE 10.3 does most of the basics well. And if you’re a KDE user, you might even be hard pressed to find much difference between 10.2 and 10.3. If you’re a GNOME user, it’s a world of difference.

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