After increasing the ram on my trusty Dell Precision 380 to 4Gb, it still seemed to struggle a bit with KDE4. Opensuse 13.1 worked well but seemed slow, I decided that I needed a lighter system and had heard good things about xfce 4.12 and xubuntu. With a heavy heart it was time to take the plunge and re-install with Xubuntu 15.04.
I believe that this was a watershed year for ‘Linux’, the unfolding of a different kind of computing revolution. We had the astonishing rise of Android coupled with the just as astonishing fiasco of Microsoft surface. The rise of Docker coupled with the fall of Blackberry. Does anyone remember Symbian? I believe the linux community, from developers to users, have proved in one calendar year something quite remarkable.
I had been looking forward to the release of Opensuse 13.1. 12.3 had been the first time I had used a Opensuse distro and I was impressed – I just had to see what the Opensuse team had done to improve upon that.
The drive on my very old dell inspiron laptop failed a while ago, so I decided to give it a new lease of life with a 4Gb usb flash drive. I know, it’s not a very big flash drive but that was part of the fun. All I had to do now was find a linux distro that would work…
I have been using Opensuse 12.3 KDE since its release as my main desktop system. There is no doubt in my mind, it is a top notch system easily the equivalent of windows 8 or mac os X. That’s sort of a controversial thing to say: an open source system that is free to download, developed by gifted ‘amateurs’ is as good as an operating system that cost millions to develop? Yes, it is – read on to see how I came to that conclusion.
The novels near the top are brilliant, anything with a 7 or above you should read – trust me! Some alleged classics were so poor I couldn’t finish them, so they get a zero rank. The Author column is in family name, first name order. If the initial view of the spreadsheet is a bit small, just click on the scribd panel icon that looks like a rectangle with a black corner -or simply download it. Obviously, any remarks are my personal opinion and due to space constraints are more terse than I would like. If you have read any of the books, please do let me know what you thought.
I have an older PC (a Packard-Bell) that I keep as a backup should my trusty Dell Precision 380 go bang. I had Fuduntu on the Packard, which I was very impressed with- once I found out Fuduntu was shutting down, I needed something to take its place…