The problem runs deeper than this
Posted Jul 15, 2006 17:28 UTC (Sat) by freeio
In reply to: The problem runs deeper than this
Parent article: SUSE Linux 10.2 Alpha2 Release - and distribution rename
The progression of the normal SuSE Linux from being a premium distribution to the hybrid Novell+community model has not proven itself in any way. My experience has been that what made SuSE attractive was the installer and package management facilities. When I bought the SuSE kit I knew I was getting something that would install cleanly and maintain easily, and that Yast was a mature solution to system maintenance. It just worked.
Quite frankly, without a top-notch Yast, SuSE as we knew it has ceased to exist. I assume that the lessons learned will all be applied to SLES/SLED, but not before the reputation damage has been sustained. As the new stuff tester for my employer, I have already recommended that SuSE 10.1 be avoided, and that judgment will stick. Maybe the next version will be better, but maybe not.
The test system upon which I tested SuSE 10.1 has already been reworked, with something less bleeding edge, but very much more mature: Debian. It is entirely a community project, and while not as slick or cutting edge as SuSE, it "just works." That is the first and most important characteristic for production systems out here in user land.
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