It just keeps impressing me fortunately. Every decision they seem to be making lately has kept me interested. They seem to be going for the model I’ve often said that Linux should go for and something I think Windows has had an advantage at. I’m talking about having a stable with security updates base with the very latest in applications.
I’ve often thought that Linux could do this even better with the advantages it is afforded, such as the massive software repositories that most Linux distros have they have means each program doesn’t need to track its own version and means you don’t have to monitor websites and emails for new version reports.
This is what Leap is, the new version they are working on. Leap is going to be mega-stable and based off of their main enterprise Linux.
The disadvantage of this in Linux could be kernel support, so it’ll be interesting to see which way they go with that. The kernel is generally very stable with newer stuff needing a newer kernel to work right as that is what will drive your new laptop’s finicky wifi hardware. So it needs to be pretty up to date, but not so up to date that isn’t reasonably well tested within the framework of the rest of the system. And up-to-date on a SuSE system seems to mean something in a completely different league to up to date in the Ubuntu world. Still, I probably won’t be using it, I’m perfectly happy with the bleeding edge. And I do have a stable version of Linux that I use. When I was with Gentoo I found it useful to occasionally see what the more popular binary distros were up to, as when you are on a rolling distro you can lose track of how stuff works and what new programs have came along.
Like I was trying to figure out how to change the graphical boot for Tumbleweed and I was looking rhgb (RedHat Graphical Boot) only to discover that program had been superceeded years ago and the thing I wanted to know how to configure was called Plymouth instead, and worked at a much lower level and earlier in the boot system.
And would let you play games whilst your computer is booting properly.
Mostly it’s just nice not to have to dick around like I used to need to.