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OpenSSH is a daemon (a "service" in Unix environments) which helps system administrators to manage server remotely.
The SSH daemon is "similar" to "telnet" in the sense that it provides a remote shell for accessing Unix or GNU/Linux systems.
The main difference is that the latter doesn't use encryptation during the session, so it's easily to intercept the content of the communication between two machines (typically a client/server...
In my opinion OpenSuse is one of the best GNU/Linux distribution... It is stable, it has maniac precision for the particulars, "branded" desktop... so you are REALLY productive since the first login and It's cool!
Another invaluable feature is th "YAST2 tool", a very fast, smart and useful control panel for services and system.
Anyway, I use this OS in my production PCs... OpenSuse never disappointed me!