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Now maybe you're not 100% happy with your current distribution. Maybe it isn't entirely stable or you sometimes would like it if things just worked. Or you worry about the decision making process and the future of your current choice. Maybe you don't want to wait for stuff to compile anymore.
I know, the technical differences between distributions are not huge. I'd even argue they are small - differences in philosophy and how they are developed are bigger, however. And I can imagine one feels more comfortable with a project which picks collaboration and sharing over secrecy and Not Invented Here. I know what I prefer. Technically, openSUSE belongs to the top distributions as well. And while nothing is perfect we at least make it darn easy to fix stuff without administrative sillyness.
So whatever the reason for looking somewhere else - I think it is fair to say that openSUSE should be on your short list of distributions to try.
To help with the trying, I called in help from our community and created an openSUSE introduction and a cheat sheet for moving over to openSUSE from a variety of other distributions. Check it out on news.opensuse.org!
As bonus, I'll just give you three links that'll be helpful getting your openSUSE up and running quickly:
- Androbit offers some proprietary applications and drivers
- opensuse-community.org has a one-click-install for patented multimedia stuff
- the software.opensuse.org packages overview is the easiest way to find and install extra or updated software on openSUSE.
- Get some more software installation tips and read some interesting KDE and GNOME tips & tricks.
Have a lot of fun!