Ubuntu seems like it’s the latest and greatest in the world of Linux distros, but it just didn’t measure up to openSUSE during my install fest last night. I run openSUSE at work so I figured I would get some variety at home by using Ubuntu on my personal file server. I tried installing Ubuntu 8.04 server twice and finally gave up. My gripes:
- Don’t ask me questions throughout the installation – ask them all up front and then just do it.
- No, I don’t want to set a special password for MySQL. I don’t want to do it now, nor the subsequent three times you prompt me at various points during the installation.
- Freezing the system halfway through installation of GRUB is a dealbreaker, namely because I can’t complete the install.
So with some relief I dropped in my openSUSE disc and the install blew through like a breeze. Surely my comfort level with openSUSE helps, but the SuSE brand has been around a long time; it includes all those little fixes and exception handling that are a part of mature software.