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My Inadvertent Experiment & Return

January 11th, 2010 by

Hello openSUSE Project! If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that since October, I’ve been a Windows 7 user instead of an openSUSE user. Well, late last night, I got a visit at home from this character:


So, I am now an openSUSE user again…

OK. Just kidding. Actually I left the project because I needed to concentrate my time on my work in the liberty movement and school, and when push comes to shove, the little green lizard got shoved. In the process, I had purchased a copy of Windows 7 when Microsoft was selling it for $50, and so I essentially switched over to using Windows 7 for a few months. In the end, I moved back to openSUSE because it’s, quite frankly, a better experience in many ways. I’ll probably write up an article or two in my comparisons between the two OSs… but I’m back now, using openSUSE 11.2.

In the course of these three months, I have to say I missed working with the openSUSE Project, especially the people. So… I’m back! I re-uped my mailinglist subscriptions and have been reading back articles of openSUSE News to try and catch up with what’s been going on in the project. I’m excited to be back and I look forward to working with you all again!

– Kevin

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2 Responses to “My Inadvertent Experiment & Return”

  1. Welcome back Kevin! 🙂

  2. [deXter]

    Good on you bro!

    I had a similar experience myself last year. I was impressed with Win 7 and had been using it since the RC. Meanwhile, I was also testing out various nix distros but kept going back to 7. I eagerly awaited Oct 22, the day when 7 would be available for purchase. I was refreshing MS (NZ) website the whole day for news of the student version, but there were no updates. Tried again the next day, the whole week, still nothing. Contacted some people in the MS loop here and they said that the student version would be available later, but only as an upgrade. Also, it’d set me back by – 125 USD. What.a.ripoff. (considering it was $50 in the US!)
    7 might be a decent OS but I’ve had enough of MS’s indecent practices. Formatted that very instant and went on a full scale distro hop with a vengeance.

    The next big date I was looking forward to was Oct 29, when the Karmic Koala would be released from its den. And as it so happens, it was a Karmic Katastrophe. Amongst many annoying bugs, the major issue was that the internet wouldn’t work. Spent a lot of time on IRC and the forums but no one was able to help me. Survived a few more days on Puppy, until Mandriva 2010 came out. This was perhaps the biggest letdown for me. Ubuntu, I could understand, but Mandriva was an even bigger disaster I didn’t not expect. I then turned towards the green gecko but even it had issues with the net (11.1). But I hung on, hoping that 11.2 would arrive soon. Finally, came November 12, 2010. 11.2 was here. Salvation. 🙂