Saturday, October 18, 2014

openSUSE and Fedora on my Computer

openSuse or Fedora, which one to use? That is the question. I've been using both one way or the other after I removed Ubuntu 14.04 lts in my hard drive. I suppose I should test both operating systems thoroughly in my computer to see which one is better.

I installed Fedora core 20 three weeks ago then moved on to openSUSE 13.2-rc1. This is a limited test and a blindly subjective one at that so here goes. 

If you want an as close to the "devs-original" GNOME desktop experience, Fedora is what you want in your machine.  It has been default in Fedora for sometime now. The Fedora distribution doesn't try to be a jack-of-all-trade by having a "rolling release" as an alternative for you. They release when it's stable and ready. They update such a release fairly well. I have the newest stable kernel right now while waiting for the next stable release. Stability is the most important thing for me. 

I didn't see this the first time I tried the Fedora installer. Btrfs and xfs IS offered but not by default as in openSUSE. You could click on the dropdown button for choices in file systems during installation/partitioning. I highly recommend using Btrfs and xfs for newest installs of Linux. They're the next generation file systems capable of snapshots, self-healing and great scaling. For end-users the benefits of using them outweigh the annoyance of reformatting the hard drives. 

For those who have an aversion towards the command-line and the terminal, openSUSE is your bet. The level of use of graphical user interface for administrative tasks is very high. There's even a security checklist that's interactive. You can click on items and consider enabling it or read up for help about that issue, in one place.

openSUSE offers a lot on how you may want your Linux. There are the regular releases which is now at 13.1 (but I am testing 13.2.rc1). You could try "Tumbleweed", which is a rolling release for stable packages. In Tumbleweed the user is not limited to the repositories of one release (e.g. 12.3 or 13.1). You could also try "Factory"which is also a rolling release but largely untested packages land here, so be prepared to meet bugs.

Speaking of bugs, I really like Fedora's bug reporting tool which is very prompt. It notifies the user of the system error and asks if you want to report it. Once you click on Yes or No it doesn't nag you anymore. I mean I want to help and I don't mind sending the information with my limited internet connection but hey I'm working here. 

I'll add more items here as my testing progresses.
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