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I have SuSe 10 and it's working well for me. Yet, as I am about to get a new computer, I wonder if I should switch to Ubuntu. I did not like much Novell's move with Microsoft plus I've heard great things about Ubuntu. Your take?
In my opinion, SUSE 10.0 was one of the best Linux distributions ever released. I am (and was) disappointed that their subsequent releases (and Novell's deal with Microsoft) did not follow that trend. If you liked SUSE 10.0, I suggest sticking with it for now.
Give it a try. The installer is only 1 CD, so it's not too much of a download if you have a semi-decent connection. The installer is also a liveCD, so you'll be able to get a good idea of what you'll get from that if you are curious but unsure if you want to waste time on an installation you're not sure about.
If you've not used a debian-based distro before, you may find the move from SuSE's rpm-based package management a little strange at first, but it's really quite good.
Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about the Novell/MS deal. I think it's probably a storm in a teacup, and SuSE is actually a nice distro. Just my
I recommend Ubuntu or Kubuntu, especially after what Novell has done. Freedom matters.
I personally use Slackware and have been happiest with Slack over every distro I've tried, and I've tried most of 'em, but that's just me.
I set up Ubuntu on my dad's computer and kubuntu on my brother's computer and they have been very happy with them and they are easy for me to administer them for them from remote. They are newbies and mainly just use their computers to browse, chat and use email. But I've been very impressed with Ubuntu's Synaptic package manager and even using Apt from the command line isn't hard to learn, and keeping them current with the latest security patches and upgrades is a cinch. Ubuntu also has very good hardware support compared to most distros I've played with and has a huge software repository of packages available. The dependency checking and resolution, etc. is probably even better than rpm-based distributions, at least in my limited experience.
I was in the same situation having gladly discovered SUSE & used it through a few updates. Then in the restless spirit of trying out new distros I tried Ubuntu due to its popularity. Well, didn't get along with the Gnome desktop at all, so tried Kubuntu with KDE like SUSE & I like everything about it. Never found a distro yet that I was completely satisfied with, but Kubuntu is it. I am a pretty average user, but for me, everything works & what is not included on the install cd is at your fingertips with Adept. Plus, how much of the 5 cd's of SUSE do you actually use? No offence to SUSE enthusiasts! Hey, give it a try!