OpenSuse

It seems to me that many software installs that didn’t go smoothly in OpenSuse, got better as I re-evaluated it later. Perhaps it was because I got more use to OpenSuse’s quirks. Even after being out for a couple months, VM Virtualbox seems to be a pain to install on OpenSuse, or at least more work than I want to devote to it. OpenSuse’s online software said it had it, but it appeared to only be a 11 meg front end to Virtualbox. I saw one article explaining how to install it. However for me there was a pre-req. These days I try to avoid anything that causes me to track down pre-reqs. I’ve been through tracking down pre-reqs and tracking down pre-reqs for those pre-reqs, it’s not fun or challenging to me anymore. Virtualization has become an important feature to me. So once again was re-evaluating OpenSuse as a backup distro. However, I was listening to Linux Action Show review of OpenSuse 13.2 and they mentioned that OpenSuse had Xen and KVM Virtualization solutions in Yast. Silly me forgetting that many times there is more than one way to do something in Linux. So I tried Xen first because it was on the list first. Didn’t like that it seemed to require a different boot from Grub (maybe because of a different Kernel). So I tried KVM next which didn’t require a different boot or modify Grub. Installed Xubuntu 14.01 on both and both had the same messed up characters/icons on the menu bar. I couldn’t click on the network or volume icons and could hardly read the clock.

OpenSuse

Well…with all this using OpenSuse then replacing it then going back to it, it is becoming easier to use, due to sheer repetition.

Helpful thing’s I’ve learned using OpenSuse:

Use Networkmanager [Yast2>Network Settings>Global Options>User controled with Network Manager] first thing, much easier to connect to networks.

Use Apper [GUI] NOT Yast to install programs. In addition I have found that the online, 1-click install, via a web browser usually works.

zypper is the

[command line]

tool can you use to install programs. It’s kind of like Debians apt program.

Many programs that require authentication, will appear to be stalled, when really, the authentication popup is behind the main window!

A new user who may just happen to use Apper first off to install software and had no problems may wonder what all my complaining is about. However, as a old former Suse (NOT OpenSuse) user I naturally assumed you used Yast for most things, so that’s where I started.

I mentioned before how I found Yast wanting to install a redicilious ammount of dependancies. Many making no sense to me.

For example, installing Krita…

Yast required over 280 (47×6=280…47 per page, over 6 pages) additional dependancies. The 1st page alone reported that Marble, bash-doc, digikam-doc among other dependancies would be installed. WTH? In addition it asked me to accept 2 (gstreamer, flash) licenses.

Apper only reported that it required 21 additional dependancies to be installed. And it installed the program fine. Everything seems to be working.

I’m learning OpenSuse by trial and error and like it more and more. If it wasn’t for the fact that my other fallback distros [SolydX, Manjaro] kept falling short in some manner I probably wouldn’t be using OpenSuse. Now you may say in addition to OpenSuse you only tried SolydX and Manjaro but I excluded all Ubuntu based distros [because if Ubuntu dies they all die] and that knocks down the list a lot. Because these days I just want something that is intutive and just works.

With all that being said I really can’t think of another better distro to use as a fallback or primary distro than OpenSuse. OpenSuse based on Suse is one of the oldest distros around and like Fedora which is based on Redhat. A distro based on Ubuntu is better for new or experienced user who wants something to work as easy as possible and/or is tired of solving problems.

Manjaro

Replace fallback distro, OpenSuse with Manjaro [Arch based] XFCE. First logon will fail unless you specify a default XFCE session. Unable to erase files or change permissions on a USB flash drive. I shows me as the owner anyway. Google seems to suggest “ghost files” from a windows virus. There were various solutions, however my own solution to use the gnome-disk-utility 3.10.0 to format then create a filesystem [i think] seemed to be the easiest. Perhaps I got a virus while accessing my Windows hard drive which mysteriously failed to boot a few days ago.