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.
I noticed Netrunner 4.2 on distrowatch and was interested to see that it gets very good reviews and is considered by some, to be better than Linux Mint 12 KDE-the latter I use as my desktop system. All a bit strange, Linux Mint is No 1 on Distrowatch and Netrunner is 55. Naturally, I was compelled to download it and have a look, like most mainstream distros it runs as a live DVD with an install to hard disk option.
Fedora is often labeled a geek or developers distribution, maybe because each new version contains something innovative, or a bit too new? In 17, Fedora have decided to tidy up a file system quirk in /usr, improve kernel virtualisation and head in to the cloud with openstack. They were hinting at an adaptive firewall and btrfs file-system option, but that won’t happen until Fedora 18.