Ever since my colleague Erik Eckel declared his semi-independence
from Windows by buying an iBook, I've been getting the itch to once
again start using something other than Windows. I'm not quite ready to
make the investment that jumping to Mac OS X would require, but I've
been toying with Linux off and on now for several years. So once again,
I decided to give it another shot.
This time, it's SuSe Professional 9.3.
Why SuSe and not RedHat, Fedora, or some other flavor of Linux? Quite
simply, being a long time NetWare user, I've always been drawn to
Novell's version of Linux. I've installed, or rather fought with,
various versions of RedHat before, but we've never been able to get
along. Plus, SuSe Professional 9.3 comes with everything but the
kitchen sink. Enough applications come in the box that you almost don't
need to look elsewhere in order to get working as soon as the
installation is done.
Every installation I've done of SuSe has been fairly easy. Not as
mindnumbingly easy as a WIndows installation, but not too painful at
all. SuSe's YaST installer is a snap and KDE 3.4 is a great UI.
SuSe Professional 10.0 is shipping next month. I'm looking forward to that version to see just what changes Novell has in store.
So far I'm still not 100% sure that Linux is a complete replacement for
Windows on the desktop. XP is still good enough for most tasks.
Plus there's that learning curve when moving to Linux/Unix after
working with DOS/Windows for so long. Even so, after trying to escape
Microsoft's clutches by using OS/2 and NetWare, I'm willing to try it
again by giving Linux another shot.