Gareth Waymark

A Month On Opensuse

02 February, 22

Category: linux

Having made a new year resolution to stay on the same linux distro for a year I thought I would reflect on how it’s going.

I decided upon openSUSE Leap 15.3 as my distrobution for the challenge. I have used openSUSE before (Leap 15.2) so it isn’t totally new. However, I was coming away from distro hopping my way through various implementations of Arch so I was unsure how going back to openSUSE was going be. I have to say I’m really happy with it. I’m over my window manager ricing phase and just want a desktop environment that works with everything already setup for me. My linux distro was becoming such a distraction that I had trouble focusing on actual productive work.

openSUSE has been around for decades and was originally forked from Slackware back in the 90s. Even so, it is considered one of the originals alongside Debian, Fedora/RHEL and Arch. The Leap versions are considered super stable, like Debian, and often make use of older versions of the kernel and other software. Plus the flagship desktop is KDE Plasma which is my favourite!

So far everything works as expected. I’m pretty impressed at the level of support for hardware openSUSE offers. I have a USB oscilloscope and the manufacturer provides drivers for Debian and openSUSE! I also have a Razer Blackwidow keyboard and the openrazer driver is available from a repo hosted by openSUSE and built using their Open Build Service.

I use a laptop and the only bug that I have found is when I wake it up from being suspended it often freezes when I open Dolphin. I have no idea why this happens but it is quite reproducable. I may look into it a bit more when I can be bothered. Apart from that I can highly recommend openSUSE for those who want a stable, reliable, non-debian distro.

#100daystooffload 2022. Post 8/100