Newbie query: Ubuntu vs openSUSE

Billie Walsh bilwalsh at
Sat Dec 24 14:13:43 UTC 2011

On 12/24/2011 05:34 AM, Rameshwar Kr. Sharma wrote:
> Further one of the things I have notices is that I also asked for
> suggestions in the Fedora list where some people were too arrogant,
> saying anything, I feel that Ubuntu mailing lists are far better and
> great for a novice, at least for me. Thanks.

As has been suggested, getting the live CD and taking it for a test 
drive is a good idea. That won't however tell you everything you will 
need to know. Until you've lived with it every day for a while you won't 
find all the things that might drive you crazy.

It's probably been seven or eight years since I started playing around 
with Linux, Suse to be exact. My first install was a dual boot with XP. 
When I had some time to kill I would reboot into Suse and try things to 
see what happened. I made a lot of mistakes, even managed to kill Suse a 
few times. All part of the learning curve I suppose. As time went on I 
found that I was using XP less and less till one day I just started 
using Suse full time. Over time I kept hearing about how wonderful 
Ubuntu was so one day I decided to give it a test drive around the 
block. For about the past four or five years I've been using Kubuntu 
full time with occasional forays into Windows. Whenever I have to go 
into Windows I wish it was more like Kubuntu.

My suggestion at this point is to get the Ubuntu Live CD and boot it up. 
Take it for a test drive. Kick the tires, check out the radio and A/C. 
See if it looks like something you could live with. The down side is 
that you can't really make any changes that will remain after you shut 
down the system. If it looks good install as a dual boot, don't burn 
your bridges just in case. Play with it for a while and see how it works 
for you. the great thing about  Linux is that it gives you choices. If 
something doesn't work well for you you have a choice of something else.

If I was you I would not pay to much attention to the message thread 
after this. it will devolve into something that keeps getting further 
and further away from your question until it dies of old age.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain 
the  people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the 
government lest it come to dominate our lives and interests”.

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