Tuesday, 26 July 2011

openSUSE The Best Desktop Environment

Are you looking to start your own business? You can purchase a computer that most likely has Windows on it, but did you know that most of the software pre installed has a time limit on it?

If you see "Starter Edition" it means that most likely after 60 days you have to pay to upgrade to the full version of the software by purchasing a key card from either the supermarket or pc store.

Lets add onto this all the new hardware your going to purchase, Printer, Broadband Router, Scanner etc, each of these programs installs their own software as well as the required drivers which you really don't need!!

Lets take an example here:

O2 Broadband sends you a router - the router by its nature has a web page that you configure all the settings on at o2wirelessbox.lan but step 1 of the unnecessary installation CD states "Insert the CD and install O2Broadband Software" so lets take a look at this.

What does it install? well it installs some daft utility that makes your pc do the work that the router does anyway - what is the point of that? Second it installs a ton of bookmarks that just clutter up your browser and again totally not required.

May advice? use the CD as a new coaster for your cup of tea its pointless!!

Look let me tell you a little secret..

openSUSE is a desktop operating system with graphical environment much like Windows is to Dos (yes believe it or not Dos does still exist underneath all that bloat of Windows).

What's more it comes with a large selection of Pre Installed Applications that are not restricted in terms of days before you need to pay again.

All the applications are fully functional and most have a choice of which one you can use.

3 different office productivity suites (LibreOffice, KOffice2, Gnome Office (AbiWord, gNumeric))
5 different web browsers (Chromium, Opera, Epiphany, Firefox, Konqueror)
Accounting and Finance, Graphic Design, Email, Chat, Instant Messeging

If your running a business paying just 60 quid for openSUSE versus £1000's for Licences for  Windows products makes much more sense.

Plus he is the big + if your a small business openSUSE has no licence restrictions and as your business grows you can use the same installation cd on each machine without needing to purchase additional ones!

So to sum up, openSUSE removes bloat ware because Manufacturers don't write it for openSUSE, use the web based configuration utilities its what its their for.

openSUSE removes time limitations on that new computer you just bought.

As your business expands your software budget stays exactly the same.


1 comment:

  1. Opensuse is a wonderful distro very professional in aproach and a comprehendive set of tools to get you up and running in a very short time highly recommended.