I have a concern with openSUSE. Will it suck as much as Fedora? Looks like it. Please prove me wrong.
Let me define “suck”:
* never release a stable version
* a corporate machine to drive sales to a retail version on the backs of those who suffer through endless development releases
Fedora has an image problem. People see it as having constant problems with each release. And so they should… they haven’t really put out a stable release yet. They also have a problem with the image of Redhat HQ with a straw stuck in Fedora’s back sucking in all the good stuff and leaving the mess for Fedora users. openSUSE’s newly published FAQ attempts to distance themselves from Fedora, but is sadly short on distance and high in marketing gloss.
From the FAQ:
Generally speaking, these open source projects focus on engineering-centric issues that serve their technical community of Linux developers and users.
The openSUSE project explicitly looks beyond the technical community to the broader non-technical community of computer users interested in Linux. The openSUSE project creates—through an open and transparent development process—a stabilized, polished Linux distribution (SUSE Linux) that delivers everything a user needs to get started with Linux.
Polish is good, but it sounds like all the polish goes into the retail version. Again, I hear the sucking sound. This time from Novell HQ. openSUSE meet Fedora.
As for “creates—through an open and transparent development process—a stabilized, polished Linux distribution”: visit Ubuntu! There is no two tiers of product: One for those dreadful unwashed developers and one for those with the proper sense to buy a boxed version.
Novell, openSUSE is still early, you have time to change your vector with community. It feels like someone in business/marketing came up with this current charge. There’s one