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    Switching to SUSE

    After much consideration, I've decided Ubuntu isn't for me anymore. I've tried to like the new Ubuntu up to 13.04 and found the now Social-Centric OS a headache for me. The reason bieng I'm not a social media kind of gal and prefer a more traditional desktop. So most of what Ubuntu provides I end up removing or disabling resulting in an desktop that is pretty useless and far removed from what it's supposed to be. I just don't get what it Ubuntu really is about. So I'm moving to OpenSUSE and would really like some tips on how to best use it or a link to a great manual. Also want to know what packages you think I should be installed, codecs, drivers, ect... I've already dived into OpenSUSE and really like it.

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    Have you tried Xubuntu - the XFCE desktop? That's the one I feel most at home with.

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    I agree with your observations - too many OS's and services seem to be overly or only social networking centric.

    With assumption being that everyone is on-board. Luckily there are other choices, suse for example -

    I have a feeling that my Ubuntu days are numbered.

    I am still at 10.04 on most of my boxes..

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    You know, maybe I'll give Kubuntu another try. I liked how it looked and ran. Also the Ubuntu core would make it more compatible with more software. Never really used it because of GTK issues in KDE which I just recently figured out how to fix. I happen to use GTK apps like Gimp and Audacious which look terrible in the default Oxygen GTK theme. So I'm going to install Kubuntu 12.04 64Bit.

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    http://doc.opensuse.org/documentatio...use-reference/

    The trouble for me with openSUSE is the AttachMate/Microsoft connection. Otherwise it's a fine OS and although its user base favours KDE, its Gnome version is considered equal by openSUSE itself.

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    The problem with opensuse you will see is the lack of packages, such if you like watching netflix on opensuse?
    Good luck on that.

    Also the upgrade process on it is quite rough
    Last edited by MadmanRB; March 20th, 2013 at 01:21 AM.

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    Ok, after playing with a full install of OpenSUSE, (Yes I know I said I would Kubuntu, but changed my mind), I found the intelligence of Zypper in this release to be as advanced and vast as a few Lawn clippings. It constantly failed to install ANYTHING outside of the included repos because it couldn't figure out dependencies. Even the one-click installs openSUSE provided on their Wiki. It took me 45 Minutes to properly, properly as in get it to even load, install Cinnamon alongside Gnome-Shell and still, It didn't properly configure the desktop! No access to the desktop, just the panel, wrong start icon as in it loaded Ubuntu's Start icon, wallpapers were missing, ect... Also iw, required for wireless internet didn't install on my computer so I had no internet access, even with the network settings workaround. Lucky I had the full DVD and it had the package on it. So openSUSE 12.3 was a disaster. This is one case where a Live CD wasn't enought to see if I would like a distro. Also as MadmanRB stated, it never properly updated itself, I had to manually select the update packages it was ignoring in YaST2. I used openSUSE years ago. WHAT HAPPENED?!?!

    I might just use Ubuntu again despite it not being targeted at users like me. At least it worked with zero hassles and was well designed. And no, I don't want to use Xubuntu. I dislike the XFCE enviroment. It's too archaic for my tastes. As for Cinnamon on Ubuntu, I prefer not to install it. It's just something about Unity, like it really dosen't need a replacement or companion desktop. It's fine the way it is and does everything, just not targeted at me, yet I want to use it.

    I am thinking of Fedora next. I used it in the period following Ubuntu 11.10's release. I wasn't happy at first with the Unity changes, then came back from Fedora to Ubuntu in full with 12.10. But Fedora isn't really relevant anymore is it?
    Last edited by ManamiVixen; March 20th, 2013 at 03:06 AM.

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    I've installed and tried 12.3 and my experience was much different. Very polished, very smooth. One-click installs worked.

    Dependencies will not be satisfied if their host repository is not enabled, on any Linux.

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    Quote Originally Posted by buzzingrobot View Post
    I've installed and tried 12.3 and my experience was much different. Very polished, very smooth. One-click installs worked.

    Dependencies will not be satisfied if their host repository is not enabled, on any Linux.
    True about the dependencies and repositories.

    I don't have 12.3 installed yet, but I ran 12.1, and I have 12.2 running on a couple of computers here. My impression of openSUSE is that it's one of the best distros I've ever used, a lot better than I expected it to be (I've only been running it for about a year). About as stable and dependable for me as Debian Stable and Ubuntu LTS (I run both of those, too).

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    Re: Switching to SUSE

    Ok, I settled on Kubuntu 12.04. It does what I need, it works and is nice. Thanks to all that helped me and thanks to listening to my whining bum. I am happy now.

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