First, thanks for being such a great community. Since I started following Tek years ago, I was inspired by both Wendell and Logan into thinking about Linux as a daily driver, for reasons well known (cough, Windows). Well, I finally stopped reading about this or that distro, and jumped into it by installing OpenSUSE Leap 42.2. I actually know nothing about Linux except what I read on different distros' websites, DE's, etc. I know I will still need my Windows system for the time being, but I want to see how much of it will remain in Windows. If I manage to get 90% of things working in Linux, I'll dump Windows for good. Why OpenSUSE?
- Main reasons: It's an rpm distro. I work a lot with 3D & vfx - Maya, Houdini, Foundry (Modo, Nuke) which all work on Linux. Maya's and Foundry's official supported distros are CentOS/RHEL, but I've read that it can be a pain to utilize properly (nvidia drivers etc.), and it uses way too old kernel, but, people say it's rock solid. Anyway, I thought OpenSUSE is as close to it as possible.
- It's one of the major distributions, stable (well, that's what people say, I actually have no idea, but being used as a server OS also, I tend to believe that) and well documented. It's unlikely to disappear any time soon.
- Versatile. OK, again, being a noob at Linux, I have no idea in what way it is versatile, but I'll go with it.
- I reckon it's a medium difficulty Linux to start with - Ubuntu is beginner friendly, and Arch is not for a beginner. I don't mind rolling up a sleeve and diving into it, but I'd like to avoid distro hopping. I have some trust issues with Ubuntu (I'm probably wrong, though), but I also read it's not that stable. Manjaro - read some good stuff, but felt safer with OpenSUSE, don't know why.
So far: I installed OpenSUSE Leap (less frequent updates), installed nvidia GPU drivers, chrome. It has it's own HDD, so I expect it not to interfere with my Windows system. I haven't plugged it back in yet, though. Any precautions?
So, what to do now? I can continue with installing my programs, but I'd like to know if there are any things I skipped, perhaps some good practices that I don't know about? Any links to some up to date guides?
Thanks in advance for your patience and answers,