600+- choices might be good for Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins, but it’s beyond ridiculous for anyone wanting to create a serious OS – other than playing with your taste buds and ego. A serious OS contender would focus on attracting many users, and not just .05% of an elite few Desktop users sitting around sipping some Starbucks concoction whilst chatting up their choice of whichever of 600+- Linux Distros. Google was basically a new arrival to the Linux OS scene with a first commercial Android device out around late 2008, and that was followed by the Chrome OS (Chromebook) in 2011. Playing with a ‘TOY’ OS or creating a serious OS (in Google’s case – two serious OSes).

Free software zealots are antisocial muppets who love to hate’ – Mark Shuttleworth

Three of the ‘Top Dogs’ in the Linux serious Desktop OS contenders are Ubuntu, Red Hat (Fedora) and SUSE (openSUSE) … PART I ends in the final two tests of Fedora and openSUSE.

SUSE’s openSUSE: fails the Desktop test ‘out-the-gate’ – hard to figure out what to download and even harder to understand the other required downloads for the Desktop OS?!? It was so confusing, that I’m not sure what I downloaded – e.g. trying to open one something ‘n other led to a popup asking what I wanted to open it with?! Er, OK and adios openSUSE! In this blog I have never really talked about Linux specialty Distros (since my search was for a Desktop OS) – it’s my understanding that SUSE/openSUSE falls into some specialty category:

The focus of its development is creating usable open-source tools for software developers and system administrators, while providing a user-friendly desktop and feature-rich server environment.

Well, I don’t need tools for software development nor for system administration, and openSUSE certainly failed my “user-friendly desktop” test. Fact is, even with the specialty category, they fall into the 2nd worst Linux Distro I attempted to test … ‘DOS’ Arch sits alone at the bottom.

Red Hat’s Fedora: IBM has/is purchasing Red Hat, so I’m not sure what the final outcome for IBM, Red Hat and Fedora will be in that situation. Red Hat was apparently a publically held company (shareholders and such) and IBM was basically just hanging in there, with no movement upwards – sending some $34 billion Gringo Dollars to Red Hat and their shareholders. What is the long-term outlook for Red Hat’s customers and employees?

Fedora was easy to download and install, and besides their Fedora Workstation they also offered Fedora “Spins” (alternate desktop choices) – I chose the Fedora Cinnamon “Spin” (there’s a new name to add to other Linux confusing names for adding more Distros!?).

Good looking OS with a strong OS-feel to it – clearly a Top competitor to Ubuntu; however, software updates seemed more difficult than necessary, and even adding software like GParted & GIMP required the command prompt … for whatever reason?!? Even tho it was a new OS to me, customization was fairly easy, e.g. panel sizing and apps being added to it went well after a little piddling.

Two ‘Cults’ joining together seems to raise red flags here … I wish them both well in their new endeavor.

PART I ends … and I have once again come full-circle back to Ubuntu and its Ubuntu-based Distros.