Top Reasons to Choose openSUSE in 2020

OpenSUSE is often overlooked and underappreciated in the Linux world. Its a truly great Linux distribution that deserves a chance. These are the top reasons why you should try openSUSE.

Community

The absolute most important component in a quality, well supported open source project is the community behind it and around it. OpenSUSE is a community controlled distribution first.

Aside from community governance, its easy to get help on openSUSE. Check out the official openSUSE Forums, the openSUSE Sub Reddit, or the many Facebook groups available.

Open Build Service

The Open Build Service builds packages for openSUSE. Doesn’t sound very impressive? Oh, I forgot to mention that anyone can package and share software in the OBS. Still not good enough? OBS can package software for other major Linux distributions. It also handles dependency checking, supports multiple architectures (32 bit, ARM, and PowerPC), and supports project collaboration. With all of these features and the support for multiple distros, I’m not sure why anything else is used.

BTRFS

Is BTRFS the Better File System? Or is it the Buttery Smoothest File System? If you run openSUSE then you already know that BTRFS is better. BTRFS is a snapshot system that makes it incredibly easy to rollback your system. If I mess up my system, its as simple as booting into a previous snapshot.

Other Linux distros are playing catch up here. Red Hat announced that the Fedora 33 release in October 2020 would default to BTRFS.

YaST

Seriously? Like we really need Yet another Software Tool. Actually, yes, we do. Many distros have some kind of control center for consolidating system tools but none are probably as complete or full featured as YaST. Everything from software updates and repositories to networking and even basic settings are present.

Stable Rolling Release

OpenSUSE Tumbleweed is the most stable rolling release Linux distribution. Period.

Choose Your Own Desktop

The openSUSE installer includes Gnome, KDE, and XFCE. All three can be selected and installed together. Those are the officially supported DEs. Other desktop environments are available post install including LXDE, LXQt, Enlightenment, Cinnamon, MATE, and Pantheon. While many distros support multiple DEs, openSUSE includes support out of the box.

Bonus: The Videos


The SUSE people have a good sense of humor. There is a series of parody music videos made for SUSECon. Does this add anything to the Kernel? Nah, but who cares? They’re catchy and besides, You Can’t Stop the SUSE.

What Next?

Download either openSUSE Leap or openSUSE Tumbleweed. After installation is complete, run through the openSUSE 15.2 Getting Started Guide or the openSUSE Tumblweed Getting Started Guide for 2020. Be sure to tell us in the comments below why you love openSUSE?

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