[SATLUG] 3d effects and ATi
j at jvpappas.net
Tue Mar 4 17:20:08 CST 2008
On Sat, Mar 1, 2008 at 1:31 AM, Kristian Erik Hermansen <
kristian.hermansen at gmail.com> wrote:
> My praises for SuSE:
> * LDAP, Active Directory, and Windows integration are top notch
> * Looks very slick during/after installation
> * Excellent 64-bit support
> Here are my criticisms of SuSE:
> * Lack of quality software packages
Not sure I can comment accurately, but I assume that you are talking about
the default repo set. Much like the Multiverse repo in Ubuntu, without the
3rd party repos (PackMan, ATI/NVidia, Mozilla, Openoffice, VLC, Madwifi,
etc) there is a lack of software. Once those repos are added, there is a
much wider selection, along with updates.
* Software repositories are slow
Yeah. They are working on it, but I agree. APT is WAAAYYY faster.
> * Third-party software sources required to install many applications
> (some without hashes/keys)
Yep, comments above apply here.
> * SuSE assumes too much about you using the GUI tools if you have
> graphics installed
Not sure what you mean here, but I can probably relate. I have a couple of
CLI only boxes, and I love yast (ncurses) via screen.
* SuSE does not follow standard networking config files (name of file
> is appended with MAC address? wtf???)
True. Those germans ;)
> * SuSE is a DVD installer, not a single CD Live/Installer combined
> (requiring waste of bandwidth, and time)
10.3 changed that a bit. You choose the CD/WM combo (i386/KDE) ISO and it
is a single (minus non-OSS) CD install. I am not sure if it is live or not.
* Lack of fast mirrors to download the ISO image(s)
Maybe. I have not had any problems. I use ANL and kernel.org.
* Laid off AppArmor developers after they created an exceptional
> software package ... ridiculous!
> * SuSE is owned by Novell, and Netware is dead. They got into the
> Linux space to fill that void and own a piece of the action...
True, although not sure why this is a con, as more commercial action with
linux will (generally speaking) help overall adoption.
> * Someone I know who previously worked at SuSE told me something that
> makes me doubt they have the will to provide a long-term commitment to
> the distro...
Time will tell. Fortunately, application specific data (minus possibly the
Novell apps) will survive such a failure. At that point, "Choice" provides
us a path to adopt another distro ;)
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