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This question is similar to the "SuSE or Red Hat question", but not exactly.
As another post states, I am having major problems getting Red Hat 9 working and I've been a whole six months on Red Hat 8 ... so it is time for a reinstall.
I've been faithfully Red Hat for three or four years now but I'm considering SuSE (ftp install). I do a lot of installing/uninstalling of RPMs that I read about in trade magazines or get from security sites (white sites).
With that and the need/desire to have Evolution running well, do you SuSE folks have suggestions, warnings, rantings you'd like to share?
suse is pretty tolerant of 'foreign' rpms, and tarballs for that matter. as long as the dependencies are satified and you run SuSEconfig after you install anything, suse couldn't care where the rpms came from. (which is how the RPM system was suppose to work in the first place). it uses a slightly different layout (instead of /mnt/cdrom or whatever it's /media/cdrom /media/floppy etc. kde,gnome,openoffice, etc all live in the /opt directory instead of usr/local or whereever other distros put them. the apt-get system is available for suse if you like to live on the bleeding edge(the packages available through apt-for-suse tend to be daily builds, and other stuff not judged to be stable enough to be made available thru Yast online update.
I have been running SuSE for three years. Foriegn rpms install on SuSE with a reasonably high success ratio. The problem rpms are ones which are compiled on a later version of gcc than you have installed. I install these problem packages by compiling the tarball and then using checkinstall to make a rpm out of the package.