I have been a Debian user for some time now, but my beginnings with GNU / LINUX started with OpenSuse back in 2007. Although I love Debian, I have never stopped following the work that people do. OpenSuse and I must say that it is always very good, making it a serious, stable distribution, but with a beauty worthy of respect.
I decided then to test its latest candidate version in live mode from a Flash drive, to remember old times but also to know if it was distributed it was still what he remembered.
I decided on KDE the environment in which I started, since OpenSuse It uses it as the main environment for which it is presumably that, here everything must be in order (taking into account that it is a candidate version, of course). The first impression that I liked was the splash that has a professional finish: serious, without much recharge where is the green and the name of the distribution.
The desktop is simply perfect, with an elegant game of colors where the figure of KDE can be highlighted as an attractive environment to the eye that, added to the integration and work of OpenSuse makes the result pleasant. This is repeated throughout the Distro experience: Simple game of colors and KDE at its best.
Then, I went through Dolphin and started to open other applications and the result was quite good, very good responses from the PC, a good selection of applications which makes it practically "made to walk" at once. The consumption of RAM in the live does not exceed 700 megabytes even with Firefox, Dolphin, Gwenview and the experiences are always totally "smooth", there are no slowdowns and it seems to be very stable, at least in this development phase. We know that the resource consumption is relative since it is being tested from a Flash drive.
His emblem tool so to speak the Yast, remains from my point of view, the most elegant, easy and powerful setup site I have ever tried. Everything in its place and well classified, almost without loss and better yet almost everything in a couple of clicks. The response of the application is very good, it takes little time to open and it does everything quickly. The only thing that could perhaps criticize Yast is that, the management of repositories is not so clearI don't mean to say that it's difficult at all, just that it's not that clear compared to the other options.
This RC has KDE version 4.8.4 so stability and appearance, as I said before, are guaranteed. It has Amarok as a music player and Kaffeine as a multimedia player; Firefox as a web browser, along with Kmail, Choqok and Ktorrent are part of the web team; Libre office as an office suite and Kontact as a contact manager. In addition to many more applications. Anyway, the entire Applications selection seems to be correct for a 10 run.
I understand that I am not objective in this micro analysis, I did not pretend to be, just give a "taste" to this "test" version of for me one of the best distributions of the GNU / LINUX ecosystem and that sometimes it is not talked about so much. There is little left for the final and stable version of OpenSuse 12.2, I will probably give it a "test" again, but in reality this candidate version behaves very well, I can't imagine the stable one.
As a conclusion, I just have to say that this candidate version performs very well in terms of performance and fluidity, its very careful appearance allows it to position itself very well within the GNU / LINUX ecosystem; your tool Yast is still the best for configuring distribution topics from installing software to changing other types of settings in a very easy way; the selection of programs that accompany the launch suggest that it could be almost ready to work from the moment it is installed, so a "novice" could adapt to it without major problems; its robustness allows it to become a Viable option for many experienced and inexperienced users alike.
More info about this release and more about openSuse here!