Posted by: 2stepsback | October 4, 2007

openSUSE looks really good

Check it out. It looks good.
Has a lot of wonderful things and some good polish and assembling. All in all, nice to start with 🙂 .

Speaking of nice, there are very many other really nice Linuxes around. The one that stands out as absolutely brilliant, and the one which has no parallel is Knoppix.
Klaus Knopper has made a magical distro.
It is a “Live CD” and has practically 2-3 times useful stuff than your typical middle-range proprietary OS would have.

With that comes the security and stability of Linux. And Debian.
What more could you ask for in a showpiece distribution!
And, the one program that you must really really check out, whether you love or hate Linux, is aa or bb.
Mind-blowing! Ascii Art (aa) is used to make exceptional 3D images!
Your old 486/Pentium/P-II can now become a 3D-multimedia device, in theory.
That also sums up the variety, ingenuity, mastery and professionalism of serious free software programmers.
Not to say that shareware programmers are not good at their work. Far from it. Some of them continue to amaze over years – like Irfan Skiljan of IrfanView fame, Patrick Kolla of Spybot Search & Destroy fame or Nikos Bozinis of 2xplorer and Editor2.
The good thing about these guys is that they focus on quality and not on market share and competition. They simply let their code to the marketing.

When a programmer sticks to the ethics of his profession, it may seem hard at the beginning, but it works out right in the end, IF the market is not captured by another monopoly. In that latter case, things become pretty murky.

Back to openSUSE.
aa/bb is also present in openSUSE, but I do not think openSUSE can install on a 486 or a Pentium with comfort. It is not meant for those machines.

The installer is much better looking than others like Anaconda and Debian Installer, but the one thing that struck me was the license. Even though it is openSUSE, it sounds quite a bit like the old EULAs which most used to skip by clicking “I Agree”.
“You are not allowed to do this and that…”
It also includes “Intellectual Property Rights” which is essentially a thick fog. You don’t know what is on the other side, even a few steps away from you.

The installer presents complex options as well. That is a strength or a weakness depending on who is using it.

Overall, good to start with, before moving to paid, supported SUSE from Novell, or free Debian.

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