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openSUSE vs Ubuntu: What are the differences?

Developers describe openSUSE as "The makers' choice for sysadmins, developers and desktop users". The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world's best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community. On the other hand, Ubuntu is detailed as "The leading OS for PC, tablet, phone and cloud". Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.

openSUSE and Ubuntu can be primarily classified as "Operating Systems" tools.

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What is openSUSE?

The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world's best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community.

What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
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      What are some alternatives to openSUSE and Ubuntu?
      Fedora
      Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.
      Debian
      Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.
      CentOS
      The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
      Kubuntu
      It is a free, complete, and open-source alternative to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X which contains everything you need to work, play, or share. It unites Ubuntu with KDE and the fabulous Plasma desktop, bringing you a full set of applications. The installation includes productivity, office, email, graphics, photography, and music applications ready to use at startup.
      Linux
      A clone of the operating system Unix, written from scratch by Linus Torvalds with assistance from a loosely-knit team of hackers across the Net. It aims towards POSIX and Single UNIX Specification compliance.
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      Decisions about openSUSE and Ubuntu
      Arch Linux
      Arch Linux
      Linux
      Linux
      Ubuntu
      Ubuntu

      I once used Ubuntu as my exclusive Linux distro, but then I decided to switch my primary operating system to Arch Linux.

      While more difficult to install, Arch Linux offered more flexibility during the installation process which allowed me to customize my system to fit me perfectly. With Ubuntu, instead of installing everything i did want, I had to remove everything that I didn't need.

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      Marcel Kornegoor
      Marcel Kornegoor
      CTO at AT Computing · | 5 upvotes · 100.2K views
      atAT ComputingAT Computing
      Python
      Python
      Chef
      Chef
      Puppet Labs
      Puppet Labs
      Ansible
      Ansible
      Google Compute Engine
      Google Compute Engine
      Kubernetes
      Kubernetes
      Docker
      Docker
      GitHub
      GitHub
      VirtualBox
      VirtualBox
      Jenkins
      Jenkins
      Visual Studio Code
      Visual Studio Code
      Fedora
      Fedora
      Red Hat Enterprise Linux
      Red Hat Enterprise Linux
      Debian
      Debian
      CentOS
      CentOS
      Ubuntu
      Ubuntu
      Linux
      Linux
      #ATComputing

      Since #ATComputing is a vendor independent Linux and open source specialist, we do not have a favorite Linux distribution. We mainly use Ubuntu , Centos Debian , Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora during our daily work. These are also the distributions we see most often used in our customers environments.

      For our #ci/cd training, we use an open source pipeline that is build around Visual Studio Code , Jenkins , VirtualBox , GitHub , Docker Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine.

      For #ServerConfigurationAndAutomation, we have embraced and contributed to Ansible mainly because it is not only flexible and powerful, but also straightforward and easier to learn than some other (open source) solutions. On the other hand: we are not affraid of Puppet Labs and Chef either.

      Currently, our most popular #programming #Language course is Python . The reason Python is so popular has to do with it's versatility, but also with its low complexity. This helps sysadmins to write scripts or simple programs to make their job less repetitive and automating things more fun. Python is also widely used to communicate with (REST) API's and for data analysis.

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      Tim Abbott
      Tim Abbott
      Founder at Zulip · | 9 upvotes · 15.9K views
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      Fedora
      Fedora
      Ubuntu
      Ubuntu
      Debian
      Debian

      We use Debian and its derivative Ubuntu because the apt ecosystem and toolchain for Debian packages is far superior to the yum-based system used by Fedora and RHEL. This is large part due to a huge amount of investment into tools like debhelper/dh over the years by the Debian community. I haven't dealt with RPM in the last couple years, but every experience I've had with RPM is that the RPM tools are slower, have less useful options, and it's more work to package software for them (and one makes more compromises in doing so).

      I think everyone has seen the better experience using Ubuntu in the shift of prevalence from RHEL to Ubuntu in what most new companies are deploying on their servers, and I expect that trend to continue as long as Red Hat is using the RPM system (and I don't really see them as having a path to migrate).

      The experience with Ubuntu and Debian stable releases is pretty similar: A solid release every 2 years that's supported for a few years. (While Ubuntu in theory releases every 6 months, their non-LTS releases are effectively betas: They're often unstable, only have 9 months of support, etc. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone not actively participating in Ubuntu the development community). Ubuntu has better integration of non-free drivers, which may be important if you have hardware that requires them. But it's also the case that most bugs I experience when using Ubuntu are Ubuntu-specific issues, especially on servers (in part because Ubuntu has a bunch of "cloud management" stuff pre-installed that is definitely a regression if you're not using Canonical's cloud management products).

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      Docker
      Docker
      Cloud9 IDE
      Cloud9 IDE
      VirtualBox
      VirtualBox
      Ubuntu
      Ubuntu
      Windows
      Windows

      I have long sought after the perfect local development environment for developing JavaScript applications, and after having tried several different complete setups, I finally ended up choosing to develop on a Windows host with a Ubuntu virtual machine running with VirtualBox. When the VM comes up, it automatically brings up Cloud9 IDE, which provides a great JavaScript editor, terminal access from your browser, as well as the ability to work remotely by choice and still have the exact same development environment, all served up in a browser. This helps keep the host system clean, and using Docker in the virtual machine helps keep the VM clean as well as it is the only dependency that is required to be installed to run applications.

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      How developers use openSUSE and Ubuntu
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      Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses UbuntuUbuntu

      We use Ubuntu for our more bleeding-edge servers like the web-server that heavily rely on modern ciphers and negotiation protocols like ALPN, aswell as for things that are included within ubuntus package-sources, but not within debians.

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      Doug Bromley uses UbuntuUbuntu

      Excellent foundation by being based on Debian. But with excellent long term support for security updates in the LTS editions along with a huge community providing an unparalleled pool of community knowledge.

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      Promethean TV uses UbuntuUbuntu

      PrometheanTV server infrastructure runs on the Ubuntu Operating System. Ubuntu Server is used on various EC2 instances and Ubuntu Desktop is used by technical staff as a desktop development environment.

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      Eliana Abraham uses UbuntuUbuntu

      Lots have hacking 32_bit Ubuntu (buffer overflow). And also using it because I can't program in windows with out running into a wall at times.

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      Yechan Kim uses UbuntuUbuntu

      가장 대중적인 Debian 기반 Linux 배포판. 기존에는 그나마 쓸만한 데스크톱 환경을 밀고 들어와 많은 사람들의 추앙을 받았으나 그마저도 점점 산으로 가서 욕을 잔뜩 먹었다. 최근에는 빨간 모자의 자리를 넘보며 서버 사이드에서도 많이 쓰이는 중.

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