openSUSE Review, Ubuntu Happenings, and Zorin OS

by Ostatic Staff - Jan. 29, 2014

The newsfeeds were so chocked full of goodies today I only made it half way through. Carla Schroder has a review of openSUSE 13.1 out today and has a screenshot tour of the latest Zorin OS. Linux For You has a look at different Linux career opportunities. Ubuntu 13.04 has reached its end-of-life and has seven things to expect from upcoming Ubuntu releases.

Carla Schroder published a long-term review of openSUSE 13.1 over at today. While she has plenty of positive things to say, she doesn't hesitate to point out what she believes are shortcomings. She says openSUSE is great for trying out new technologies, for example, "While everyone else is still telling us that Btrfs is not ready for production systems, SUSE Enterprise Linux has supported it since SLES 11 SP2." Yet a while later Schroder took openSUSE to task over a security issue. She said, "openSUSE uses the ancient convention of stuffing all users into the users group, so everything in all home directories are visible to all users. I've always thought this is weird, and while YaST lets you choose a different default group there is no option for user private groups." She concludes rather anti-climatically saying, "There really isn't much to say. openSUSE works. It is a solid distro that I recommend without reservation."

Also at is this interview of SolidXK's Arjen Balfoort by Libby Clark.

Ubuntu 13.04 reached its end-of-life on January 27, 2014 as announced on "The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 13.04 is via Ubuntu 13.10. Instructions and caveats" are linked in the announcement. However, at the other end of the spectrum is Jun Auza with seven things we can expect from Ubuntu in 2014. He starts out with things like a new icon set and a slight UI overhaul, but also looks forward to a better boot experience and smarter Smart Scopes.

Michael Larabel of tried to install and test PC-BSD 10.0 RC5 yesterday, but didn't have much luck. He got it installed, but his test machine kept shutting off. He says he'll try again when the final is released any day now. Almost related, FreeBSD News is running a poll to gauge user's installation/upgrade experiences with FreeBSD 10. If you have any, be sure to vote.

In other news, Unixmen has a fresh interview of Bodhi Linux founder Jeff Hoogland. has a screenshot tour of Zorin OS 8 up. Linux For You has a quick list of Linux career suggestions and Foss Force is wondering why Linux Mint has pulled mintConstructor from its repos.