Newbie query: Ubuntu vs openSUSE

James Freer at
Sun Dec 25 00:28:59 UTC 2011

On Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM, Rameshwar Kr. Sharma
<mathsrealworld at> wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM, Billie Walsh <bilwalsh at> wrote:
>> 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.
> Yes, I am downloading the Ubuntu flavor.
>> 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.
> Thanks for your nice suggestions Billie and yes I have already started
> the Ubuntu download and I would take the test drive. I would rather in
> fact, install it, try it out, ask here if get stuck, do things in
> Linux. Linux is Linux! Suse or Ubuntu! But, like Liam cleared the
> matter that package manager in Ubuntu is of great ease and better, so
> I decided finally to give the first tries to Ubuntu. I hope that I
> would get all the alternatives here itself like those I have in
> Windows, if that great and suits to me, I would also, like you abandon
> the use of Windows, and would be a Ubuntu fan ever - whether Ubuntu or
> Kubuntu but like someone told that the real is Ubuntu, the real thing
> and the easiest thing. And the Ubuntu community too seems a great
> community. Well thanks for the suggestions.

I would suggest you try a few distros... but to save a bitter
experience with your main PC. Get hold of a spare machine so you can
test to your hearts content... and still able to use your main machine
for work and emails. Later the test machine can be used for a linux
MUST-DO -- an installation of Linux From Scratch, Gentoo, Arch etc so
that you learn how a linux system works... i just about to do this -
my New Year resolution!!!


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