@norbert Hmmmm. Wonder whether this is good or bad. Remember the days back when I was using SuSE 5.something; they made quite an economic up-and-down ever since. :|

@z428 @norbert
Can someone tell me what suse is "known for"? I can find something special about most distributions, e. g. Debian (very stable), Arch (configurable, bleeding edge), ubuntu (easy for beginners) etc. but not for suse..

@Maltimore @norbert Personal memory: SuSE is a rather "old" distribution that started out as a vendor of "boxed" solutions in Germany (loads of install / software CDs all along with mostly excellent documentation) and provided a load of custom installation / configuration routines such as the YaST tool. At some point, their SuSE Linux Enterprise Server still seems of some relevance, I don't know about the rest of their portfolio...

@z428 @norbert
Ok, so that's what I thought.. it's mostly for legacy reasons that it's still a thing, but it's lacking some killer feature why a new linux person would want it

@Maltimore @z428 @norbert

Oh, well I'm using the openSUSE Tumbleweed as I like an Rolling-Release distribution wich is Open-QA tested en.opensuse.org/Portal:Tumblew as well as the Build Service OBS (openbuildservice.org/).

So for me SUSE has the same rights to existst for me as other distributions.

This is just a matter of taste and diversity is always good.

@Maltimore @norbert Well, yes, I don't really see a "killer feature" about either the SLES or the OpenSuSE distributions anymore either, but maybe that doesn't matter too much. As far as I have experienced, they are very mature, rock-solid distributions that can serve very well as working environments for quite different purposes. 🙂

@z428 @Maltimore @norbert
SUSE is a very big at the business sector (SUSE Enterprise Linux - SLE) like Red Hat etc. They are one of the major platform e.g. for SAP Applications AFAIK.


openSUSE is sponsored by SUSE and it was meant to facilitate the migration from Windows in the early days - not only because their powerful tools e.g. YAST (de.wikipedia.org/wiki/YaST).

@jaltek @Maltimore @norbert Yeah, whenever I deal with "enterprise" or "proprietary" software that runs Linux these days, I usually see them supporting RedHat Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server. The workstation variant was pretty straightforward to use *back then* but I'd say compared to other mainstream distributions these days, there aren't as many reasons to choose SuSE anymore as in the late 1990s. :)

@z428 We will see... my first reaction was "Shit!", to be honest. Two very good friends of mine are working for SUSE.

@norbert Oh. I see. :( Well actually that sort of mirrors my first reaction back then when I learnt that SuSE would be sold to (or bought by, however) Novell, a company I truly learnt to hate in the late 1990s... 😉

I didn't know #SUSE was for sale, and I'm a bit surprised that #Microsoft didn't buy it. Or #Novell, when they were acquired by #Attachmate
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