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openSUSE Linux

I am not going to profess that openSUSE is the best Linux distribution to have ever graced the Internet, but I will say with much confidence that it is the best for me.

Here are my reasons:
  1. Easy to install. Even for the non-technically proficient, it is real easy to go through the step by step instructions to get it going
  2. Very little post-install configuration is necessary to customize the system to be satisfactory for my liking. openSUSE is a distribution that doesn't require me to spend hours tweaking it to make it do the things I need it to do. It's not to say that it is not configurable just that "out of the box" the defaults are just fine.
  3. Software management features. Stock, it is just fine but if you want to tweak it to your liking for whatever reason that may be, multimedia, bleeding edge software packages, real easy to do and undo.
  4. Documentation. The wiki help files and guides for openSUSE is excellent and where it is lacking, I do my best to contribute and make it better.
Everyone is different, hence there are 273, maybe more, distributions to chose from, these are my reason and yours needs may differ. Ultimately, you have to choose what is best for you.

The machines I am running are mostly running openSUSE Leap 42.1. I am now using 42.2 with great results and have one machine on Tumbleweed. Keep in mind that Tumbleweed will have to be updated at least monthly but you always have the best of the latest software.

A basic guide with references on installing openSUSE on an x86-64bit machine.

List of applications that I recommend to install as a base to just get things done. I would recommend these at a minimum to get you up and running on a fresh openSUSE install.

Full Application List

My recommended application list. The great thing about open source projects is that there are so many options. The downside, there are so many options and it can be overwhelming. Rather than give you ALL the options, I will give you my "go to" applications that I use regularly. In no way am I saying that these are the best applications, there may be better options out there but here is a starting point.

Desktop Environment Options

There is more than KDE Plasma Desktop and Gnome available to you. Here I will tell you what I like and why I like it.

Further Reading

Why openSUSE? - Article on Why openSUSE that is a bit older but a good read

More information on openSUSE Leap

More information on openSUSE Tumbleweed