...to almost any other main distro out there and compared to what they actually bring to the table?
Usually I don't care too much about distro vs distro talk, also I'm not really using openSUSE myself a lot, but this strike me for quite some time now.
Out of all the popular 'main' distros openSUSE clearly seems to be the odd one out.
The *ubuntu family, Debian, Arch, Fedora, CentOS, Gentoo, all get their fair amount of love from the community, even half a dozen of respins of this distros are extremely popular but there don't seem to be a lot of people who publicly advocate openSUSE.
And I have difficulties understanding why, I thinks it's an awesome distro and most important I think it fits the needs of a lot of people from beginners to power users.
- Professional development team, backed by company
- Is used in industry, good to know if you want to get a Linux job ( at least in parts of Europe SUSE is clearly the biggest Linux employee besides Red Hat)
- offers a very stable release as well as a rolling release with new software
- Zypper is an awesome package manager, fast and does a great job of resolving dependency problems etc and automatically offering solutions to the user
- good documentation, community forums and IRCs available
- their KDE desktop is probably the best integrated KDE environment you can get
- Yast is their own administration tool which comes with a functional GUI and makes all kinds of tasks very easy for new users, yet is a powerful tool for the advanced power user
- Installer sets up root partition as brtfs and installs snapper by default so you can 'roll back' to snapshots which are automatically generated every time you change your system with yast or zypper.
This is the default setting of the installer so also beginners who just click 'ok', 'ok' 'ok' will benefit from this rollback feature
The partitioner also easily manages LVM and raid during installation
- Simple browser based one-click installation of software
- cares about FOSS, yet it's easy to install proprietary multimedia codecs with one click if you want to
- suits well as host for VMs, also good documentation on this part, easy to set up KVM as well as xen (also via Yast's GUI if you want)
- They offer a build service to build your own packages( cli or browser based web interface)
- They offer SUSE studio a web interface where you can customize your own distro they way you like it
- apparmor by default..
the list goes on...
I just don't see why for example Ubuntu should be to be the go-to distro for basically anybody over openSUSE, sorry.
ps: I'm aware that openSUSE is in distrowatch's top 10, distrowatch isn't a reliable source how popular a distro really is, also I'm talking more about public discussion in forums etc where Suse seems to be the forgotten one..
New user? Ubuntu, MINT! Want to learn Linux? Arch Gentoo! Server? CentOS!
Nobody seems to care about openSUSE though :(