Additionally to Dougs and James points of openSUSE being a very flexible platform to use, there is another dimension to this. One that rather appeals to Free Software hackers than users: It’s incredible easy to contribute to the openSUSE distribution. Why adapt openSUSE only after you installed it? Just mold what’s getting installed to your needs before and be done with it once and for all.
Scratching your own itch, making everybody’s life easier in the process, is the power of Free Software development! And with openSUSE you won’t find complicated processes/rules in place that regulate your Free Software power. You don’t have to go through months and months of proving that you’re capable and trustworthy. You don’t have to sit in endless meetings of some technical steering committee to influence where openSUSE is going. You don’t have to sign complicated, stupid legal documents just to fix a bug or to implement a feature.
As Free Software hacker who want’s to scratch your itch with openSUSE you just have to create an Open Build Service account and then BURP
- the Package
That’s it, just do it[tm]! As Free Software hacker that’s how easy it is to add your new favourite shiny editor to the next openSUSE release. That’s how easy it is to fix that stupid bug that slipped through and nags you. That’s how easy it is to leave your footprint in one of the popular Linux distributions.
And that is what sets openSUSE apart from other distributions for Free Software hackers!