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Reasons To Use OpenSUSE Linux Distribution

Here are the some of the features that set openSUSE from other linux distributions:

1. YaST - system configuration utility that helps make openSUSE an ease to use and configure.

2. KDE and GNOME support - Both desktop environments are supported and developed with openSUSE

3. Novell backing - Novell has made openSUSE their enterprise desktop/server operating system of the Linux derivative

4. Software Repositories - There are ample software repositories available and supported for the openSUSE distribution

5. Large community support - There are many forums, IRC channels, websites, blogs devoted to all things openSUSE

6. website - Wealth of information for the new and experienced Linux user

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I really like opensuse is for its ease of configuration. Either it is headless mode or full GUI - setup with YAST is really fast and easy

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A UX Designer in Every Upstream?

Ubuntu LogoYou can't fault David Siegel's User Experience Advocates Project for lack of ambition. What does Siegel want? Not much, just a user experience (UX) advocate in "all major software projects shipping in Ubuntu."

A little background. Siegel is behind the Ubuntu paper cuts project that tried to fix some of the "paper cuts" — annoying bugs in the Ubuntu interface. After working on the project for a year, Siegel has found that it's not easy to spot the UX expert in any given upstream project:

Time to Stop Preaching to the Converted?

SELF 2009Is it really a good use of time and effort for open source projects to man booths at open source events? Lots of projects spend money and man hours sending representatives to events like SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF), and Texas Linux Fest, but is it really doing any good?

This week I've been working on finding volunteers to help with the GNOME booth at SouthEast LinuxFest in June. I've also spent lots of time in the past finding local volunteers to staff openSUSE booths at events. You can usually find a couple of energetic and personable folks to hand out CDs and answer questions about any popular project at Linux shows, but the effectiveness is questionable. Most of the events cater to a crowd that already knows about Linux and the major projects. The first year I worked for Novell, the effect of having an openSUSE booth at events was noticeable, because the project had been entirely absent at most of the events.

Fedora Dropping Official PowerPC Support

Fedora LogoFedora 13 will bring a lot of interesting new features when it's released in late May, but also interesting is what's going to be missing. For example, official support for PowerPC. So what happens now, and what's the right thing to do for users on niche platforms?

PowerPC has never been a major platform for Linux, but it had a loyal following when Apple was still selling PowerPC-based systems. Fedora was one of the last hold-outs for PowerPC, along with Debian. openSUSE continued support for PowerPC up until the 11.2 release that came out last fall. Sony's decision to remove Linux support from the PS3 probably had some effect on this, now that no mainstream companies are selling client systems based on PowerPC.

VMWare slowing down Fedora?

I installed VMWare on Fedora and it seems like Fedora is running much slower.

I used to run OpenSUSE with a trial of VMWare and everything ran great. I reinstalled OpenSUSE on a new machine but I had problems because it couldn't detect my video card. I installed the 32bit Fedora instead and was able to find my card. I bought VMWare (I need some Windows software for work) but it runs slow, access to the DVD drives is slow and running XP while working in Fedora is slow. This was not the case last year. In general, it seems that my Fedora is not as fast as it should be.

Anyone else having similar issues??

In case you need this information the specs of my PC:
Motherboard - ABIT AN8 32X 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 ATX AMD
Processor - AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz Socket 939
Memory - G.SKILL 1GB DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
Video Card - ATI 100-435801 Radeon X1900XT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
DVD-ROM - Sony NEC Optiarc
Power Supply - SILVERSTONE Zeus 520W

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