An editor over at Desktop Linux put OpenSUSE 10.2 to the test and provided a few screenshots. The thing that will probably catch your eye the most is the new Start Menu. It sports a classy tabbed navigation system that is simply incomparable to any other Start Menu that you may have used in the past. Like Windows Vista, there is nothing that pops out of the Start Menu and it is all contained within it which saves you some screen space.
I have finished downloading OpenSUSE 10.2 but I haven’t installed it on my primary Linux machine. I currently have 10.1 installed (I tested a 10.2 Alpha a little while back to play with the new Start Menu) but I am waiting until I have some time to tinker around and have some fun, and from the screenshots it definitely looks like a blast. In fact, the editor goes as far as to say:
I have a bit of a problem, now. The PC that openSUSE 10.2 is running on is one of my test boxes. Those systems are always getting new operating systems installed on them… but I don’t want to let openSUSE go!
It looks like I’ll need to make a hard decision about one of my production systems soon, and replace either SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10, RHEL WS (Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation) 4, MEPIS 6.01, or Windows XP with openSUSE.
All OpenSUSE needs now is a one-click install for XGL and then I would be a happy camper. My knowledge of Linux isn’t extremely extensive but it should be good enough to get XGL installed. In the past, however, I have had a lot of troubles getting XGL/Compiz to work correctly on my laptop which is really disappointing. Maybe when the next release comes around we’ll see something like that.