Addressing the Apple In the Room
I have several friends and family that are avid Mac users. In no way, shape, or form do I look at their decision to stay within the Apple ecosystem as a bad one. Some people find they can be incredibly happy having someone else (e.g., a corporation) dictate and manage their computing environment. I’m not one of them.
An Outing With OpenSuse
Since I had omitted OpenSuse from my previous list of popular Linux distributions I decided to give it some attention last night via running it off a USB thumb drive. That way I could continue testing my current Debian setup without reinstalling, and OpenSuse would run faster than what my ancient hard drive could muster anyway.
As a primer, let me say that OpenSuse’s development process is very similar to Fedora’s, in that it’s a testing platform for a company’s official, paid-for distribution, Suse. I still don’t want to be a beta tester on my primary computer or feel that I have to pay the “big bucks” to get a stable platform.
Bumps In The Road
Remember how I said the greatest strength and weakness of Linux lies in its plethora of choices? Well, not everything has gone smoothly with my decision making process.
Cheating On Debian
Yes, I admit it! I cheated! I couldn’t stop distribution hopping! My poor mule must be furious with me, but I’m enjoying seeing what’s out there a little too much.
Xubuntu keeps grabbing my eye because of it’s sheer beauty and amazingly streamlined system. Talk about a great performer. Then, there’s Linux Mint that takes ease-of-use to an almost a Mac-like level.
What’s an operating systems geek to do?! I still have reservations about anything built over Ubuntu’s packaging and architecture. Though both Xubuntu and Linux Mint have shown a penchant for giving up the corporate “sins” of their father distribution. It’s a tough call that I’m going to have to revisit later after giving due time to Debian.
Narrowing Down the Options
Ubuntu 13.10 was a bust before I even got to testing my list of necessary tasks. Incredibly disappointing, but I haven’t given up. Since then I’ve wasted quite a bit of time willy-nilly installing Linux distributions in an attempt to find one I enjoy, but am starting to feel as if I need more direction before my poor mule becomes schizophrenic. Time to hit the ever enjoyable research mode!