Donnerstag, 21. Juni 2012

Lets talk about the benefits

There are a lot of thoughts around regarding openSUSE this days. Sometimes, i think the discussion leads into the wrong direction. So first of all, lets say it clear

I am an openSUSE user.

I use it on my home PC, on my Notebook on at least a home and a productive server, even on my desktop at work i have it. Why do i use it. Mostly because i like openSUSE. Maybe because its mostly developed in Nürnberg/Germany. But for sure i use it cause its great! openSUSE is a great piece of work. Okay, for sure i play around with some other distributions like Centos, Debian, Ubuntu, Openindiana and illumian, but that never changed my mind.

So lets talk about the benefits:

  1.     We have OBS. I guess this sentence could stand alone. For those who are not in touch with it, let me explain. I will not explain what OBS is, that would much blabla, for me its a point where i can get Software! Thats it, i search OBS for my latest postgresql or newest apache (firefox, Office, whatever) and for sure there is a banch of people who mantain it and you can easily add it to your openSUSE, always the latest version, so stay up to date, no other distribution have it (okaym, no other distribution give it as a repo, for sure you can use Arch or Gentoo and build ityourself)

  2.     We have Yast. The maybe greatest administration tool you can get. A single point where you can configure mostly all parts of your system. There is autoyast if you want to clone your systems.

  3.     We ship BtrFS. And we have developers who work on it. And thanks to snapper we have it integrated into yast and zypper. So you can rollback any missconfiguration you have done.

  4.     So, we have zypper. Zypper is the packagemangment tool you need. Take a look at the options, its great and well designed. Even you can simply interact with ruby or perl with the libzypp.

  5.     There is a great community around. You can get help via forums, IRC, mailinglists even google+ and facebook will work. We support many many languages.

  6.     We have local ambassadors. Take a look around.Sure you will find someone close to your location.

  7.     We have people working hard on openSUSE. The real stars behind it, like Jos, just to mention one, which i think have sleeples nights just to make openSUSE better and better.

  8. And, we want you to get involved.

So, have a lot of fun :-)


Donnerstag, 7. Juni 2012

Thoughts about Openindiana & Co

So, i tried it. But i am back on a very very short journey to the (free or open or just SUNs thought ho it should be) solaris world.

I guess it is time to review what i thought i could find there and what i thought. To be honest, if parts ore everything of my opinion is wrong, just tell me, i really would be happy if iam wrong and there would be nothing i would like to do more than drop my Linux box and switch back. I promise!

So, lets start with openindiana. Openindiana is great. But there are just a few people working on it. This guys works really hard! But i think it will take almost another year to have a stable release. What you can do, take the iso and install your system, it runs great, the performance is okay but the boot takes quite long, but that is caused by the solaris kernel. You can install the system and you can work with it. I worked with Netbeans, Firefox and Thunderbird, and it really fits my needs during normal days.
A deficit is the lack of software you get. The repos doesn't have much and most software is a bit outdated, currently you will not be able to get any security patches or something like that. The kernel is still the same as in opensolaris. So currently you can have a fork of opensolaris, nothing else.
There are quite a few people working hard on improving this point, but if you are new you don't find many things you can work with. I was talking to people and sure i got help, the guys spend a lot of time trying to help, but i guess everybody of the openindiana crew has his special way of fixing things and build software.

That just brings me to the other piece, illumian. Here really everybody seems to have his own branch. If you talk to 3 people, and i didn't find much more willing to talk on the freenode channel, anybody points you to a different git, mercurial or whatever repository which should help build software, but i never get it done, maybe my fault.


So what i will do, i will keep an eye on the mailing list and hope (really really hope) that they can build a release. If they provide a stable howto on their wiki page on how to build software i will try again. I will _NOT_ drop the virtualmachine which i tried building with. I will start the machine from time to time, perform an pkg update and try gmake build again. Maybe we meet again next year or so, so long, this should be the end of my openindiana journey...