Yesterday, ZDNet blogger Christopher Dawson told readers that he has temporarily given up Kubuntu in favor of OpenSuSE so that he can keep an eye on SuSE's "emerging set of educational software." After the install and a couple days of use, his "seat of the pants impression" is this:
I think I actually prefer SUSE. ...[I]t is considerably faster than Ubuntu and seems to handle multitasking better. Again, this is seat of the pants and might actually just relate to a fresh install, but applications (especially Maple) seemed to launch faster and be a bit more responsive, especially as I threw more simultaneous activities at the system (number crunching in Maple, restoring backups, software installation, web browsing, etc.).
The Ubuntu variations "have a lot to offer" if you're looking for an easy transition to Linux for students or real beginners, Dawson says. And he applauds Dell's decision to use Ubuntu for its first Linux PCs. For the more technically savvy, however, OpenSuSE is less Windows-like, or "a step up in terms of 'Linuxness.' "