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I just updated to the SUSE 12.3, and I can't get it to install Scribus, one of my most important programs. Yast's list of repositories doesn't list it. Scribus' download page lists the repositories, but no way to download them.
When I was researching changing from Windows to Linux, SUSE with Gnome was supposed to be one of the best for Scribus, but now I'm having doubts.
Somebody has been giving you a bum steer. Gnome is *not* the best environment for scribus, KDE is.
The reason is quite simple, Scribus is built on the QT libraries - as is KDE - while Gnome is built with GTK. Obviously, under linux, you can happily run QT progrms under Gnome and GTK programs under KDE, but in no way can this be said to be the *best* way to do things.
No, I'm not sure that it is. I don't find Scribus flaky in general although the problems that you have (other thread) are definitely serious and need addressing by the Scribus team. Perhaps you could file a report as you are an extensive user.
Personally, I prefer KDE anyway for number of reasons. I think that it is more polished, and I like the unix/Linux single click. GTK programs have the same annoying habit as in Windows exploder: Single click in the left pane, double click in the right. This irritates the hell out of me using things such as the Gimp or Inkscape. Besides which, the QT toolkit is better technically, being built in C++ for a proper object-oriented approach; rather than a kludge using C, although it *is* now better than the early days when nearly everything was done using the worst aspect of C - preprocessor macros. As somebody who used and loved C for years this made me shudder and turn away in revulsion. For the life of me I cannot understand why GTKmm never caught on